Yuko Murata b.1972 lives and works in Tokyo
Yuko Murata is a Japanese painter who has been working on landscapes and animal figures. Characterized by her strong brush stroke and simplified painting manner. The simple composition of her fields are influenced by 18th century traditional paintings of Japan where artists challenged to create a composition with minimum colors and objects. Her subjects are mostly derived from existing media such as tourist brochures, encyclopedia, postcards and magazines. It is as if to travel the world with the eye of the others, being non- judgmental and with respect to second hand images that travels through time. Her subject ranges from grass, cactus, flowers, animals to landscapes. Composed of limited colors and brush stroke that is strong in the background as much as in the subject, the small scale painting vibrates with lush paint. Since 2014, Murata has been painting swans as "bohemians." Their freedom of crossing any borders with strength, elegance is what she hopes to depict.