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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best arts magazine in the UK“, Ephemeral Existence, Mayuka Yamamoto’s upcoming major solo show, to be displayed in the Main Gallery at the Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22.


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Ephemeral Existence

White Dog River by Mayuka Yamamoto on The Table Read Magazine
White Dog River by Mayuka Yamamoto

Ephemeral Existence, Mayuka Yamamoto’s upcoming major solo exhibition, will be proudly displayed in the Main Gallery on Saturday, April 22 at the Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) in downtown Los Angeles.

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One of Japan’s most prominent second-generation contemporary artists, Yamamoto’s works depict children with enigmatic expressions and animal features. Oil paintings by the artist frequently convey a reserved and reflective quality. In Yamamoto’s works, the child characters, or “animal boys,” as she often refers to them, are meant to be mysterious to the audience. Contrasted with subtle settings painted in soft, muted colors, they exude an aura of otherworldly calm and a demeanor that belies their true emotional and psychological states.

Mayuka Yamamoto

Of the new Ephemeral Existence series, Yamamoto explained that in the hope of expressing that “something” does indeed exist, she created these new works.

She has been to a lot of catacombs in Italy and France, and each time she went, she felt like she was looking for something but didn’t know what. Italy’s The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo left the strongest impression on her, because there were mummies of children between the ages of 5 and 8 who were dressed, as was customary during this time (hundreds of years ago). She explained that she couldn’t help but imagine the parents of those children dressing their deceased child in a brand-new, exquisite gowns.

Yellow Bear Boy by by Mayuka Yamamoto on The Table Read Magazine
Yellow Bear Boy by by Mayuka Yamamoto

As far as she might is concerned, at that time, ‘transient presence’ was the most fitting term for those youngsters and she realized that she had found the significance she was looking for… her process was finished.

Blick Art Materials

The vast majority of her works are 51 x 38 inches in size, which she likes in light of the fact that the material is sufficiently enormous to take a gander at yet at the same time simple to hold, similar to a small child. The majority of the works for this show feature children dressed as animals, and she tried painting them without making faces.

Opening In April

Ephemeral Existence will open on Saturday, April 22 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery at CHG. It is free and open to the public. A solo show by Hera of HERAKUT will be in Gallery 2.

The show denotes Yamamoto’s fourth solo at CHG, following Monochrome, Apples and Animals (Sept. ’21), Animal Crossing (Oct. ’20), and Animal Boys (Feb. ’19).

About Mayuka Yamamoto

Mayuka Yamamoto, a Japanese artist who was born in 1964 and works between Tokyo and Gunma, earned her master’s degree in 1990 from Tokyo’s Masashino Art University. She then joined the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists to continue her education in London until 1999.

Yamamoto’s oil paintings of children with enigmatic facial expressions in animal suits (or some other defensive, physical animalistic costume) are widely regarded as one of Japan’s leading second-generation contemporary artists. In response to their feelings and mental state, the children seem to instinctively hide behind a second skin, like an armor of protection. In certain pieces, Yamamoto paints settings enlivened commonly, further upgrading the pondering space in which the subject appears to find comfort in the fantasy like regular natural surroundings.

Her work has been shown in Japan, Korea, Amsterdam, New York, and Los Angeles, among other places. The artist’s work has been profiled by Juxtapoz, American Art Collector, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, and Japan’s Art Collector, among others. It is in prestigious private and public collections all over the world.

White Rabbit Boy by Mayuka Yamamoto on The Table Read Magazine
White Rabbit Boy by Mayuka Yamamoto

Corey Helford Gallery

Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The Conners, Lopez vs. Lopez, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez). As an institution, its goal is to support the development of artists, from emerging and young to well-known and established internationally.

CHG is a diverse group of international artists whose work is primarily influenced by contemporary pop culture and encompasses styles like New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks in a robust 12,000-square-foot building in downtown Los Angeles (571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles, CA 90033).

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