Born on 1995, living in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Has been participating in “Atelier Yamanami” since 2014
Upon graduating from high school, Yuichiro joined Atelier Yamanami and involved in cleaning parks and train stations in the community. During recess, he looks at his favorite field guides and draws pictures. He likes animal guides, insect guides, dinosaur guides, anime character guides, and recently Japanese monster guides, and these creatures are lively depicted in his drawings. Yuiciro’s drawing method is unique. He draws one motif, a dinosaur or a skeleton, for example, and then draws dinosaur or skeleton one after another as they make a chain. The movement and expression of each object are subtly different from each other, forming a herd, and they appear to move across time and space. As he repeatedly draws motifs, the drawing acquires depth and time, and it often continues over multiple papers.
Not only drawings, Yuichiro also ventures out to three-dimensional arts, molding miniature dinosaurs and skeletons. Just like the Japanese candy arts, he stretches limbs and tails from a lump of clay, meticulously shaping the object.
It seems that Yuichiro loves these strange creatures and tries to give life to them. Then, we wonder if the boy who sometimes appears in the picture is Yuichiro himself. Yuichiro Ukai gleefully draws fantastic scenes in which dinosaurs, skeletons, ancient Japanese worriers, and monsters rampantly roam at will.
japan brut : the moon, the sun, yamanami, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from august 31 to october 5, 2019.
AYAW, yasato yamashita, atelier yamanami, shiga, 2017.
exhibition catalog, japon brut : la lune, le soleil, yamanami, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2019.