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Artist Crush: Mami Yamanaka

Monday, March 7, 2011 · 6 Comments

Check out these knock-out gouache paintings by Japan-born, Melbourne- based artist, Mami Yamanaka. The painstakingly detailed work has a meditative effect in part because of the familiarity of Yamanaka’s patterns which remind us of growth patterns found in nature. There is a fundamental truth and beauty in these patterns, but there’s also the unmistakable sign of the human hand. After all, these are not fractals but the stuff of Yamanaka’s imagination.

I have always drawn patterns….they have changed over the years by reflecting my own life experience. I have always been interested in a possible connection between my pattern and the shapes of nature. Since migrating to Australia, my patterns have started combining memories of both the Japanese and Australian environments that I have experienced. I am exploring the connection between my patterns and particular environments and their memories. – Mami Yamanaka

Yamanaka is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery which is the source of these images.



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gabriel Gbox // Mar 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    This is awesome, like a grown up version of Spirograph

  • 2 Ren Lady Of The Arts // Mar 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    These are very neat- I love work that is simple yet shows a clear dedication of time (and talent).
    Reminds me a bit of Heiki Weber’s work:

  • 3 Kate // Mar 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Ooh, yes to both! Thanks for the points of comparison.

  • 4 hena tayeb // Mar 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    the detail in gorgeous

  • 5 Sara Ingrassia // Mar 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Just want to let you know I think your blog rocks! I can’t believe how much new great art you find. Love looking at it each week. 🙂

  • 6 Kate // Mar 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Sara, thanks so much! I LOVE hearing that! : )

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