Lives and Works: UK
Yuki Aruga's work is underpinned by a preoccupation with time and nature, whilst also possessing an influence from her Japanese-British heritage and cultural experiences of these two places. Aruga's works are a translation of the temporal and perpetual cycles present in nature, as well as an exploration of legacy, fragility and form. In her work, there is a sense that the detailed rendering of the subjects are suspended and weightless, partially erased, allowing space for contemplation and reflection; absence with presence.
Yuki Aruga's work draws upon both Western and Eastern artistic traditions and sensibilities. European still life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, works associated with the Sublime, as well as concepts surrounding Japanese aesthetics, all play a significant and influential role in her practice. Her interest in anatomy, nature and tradition, resulted in seeking tuition in classical painting methods and taxidermy during her undergraduate studies.
Aruga graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2008, receiving a 1st Class B.A. Hons degree in Fine Art Painting.
Aruga has exhibited in the UK and France. More recently she was commissioned to work with charities, Action for Children and Elephant Family, to apply her paintings to large fiberglass sculptures. These painted sculptures were auctioned and exhibited alongside such artists as Sir Peter Blake, the Chapman Brothers, Marc Quinn, Poly Morgan and Vivienne Westwood.
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