Yui Yaegashi was born in 1985 in Chiba, Japan. She currently lives in Tokyo.
For more than fifteen years now, Yui Yaegashi has dedicated herself to examining the core of abstract painting: the infinite chromatic variations, the interplay between flatness and depth, the delineation of an image and the limits of the canvas. But she achieves this ambitious and seemingly mystical agenda in a quiet, non-dramatic way. Here the Modernist quest meets the materialist conditions of craft. Based on the structure of textiles, her works are composed through a series of predetermined rules in terms of scale, tools, color, and texture, which are transgressed along the way by means of improvisation. This results in mostly small-scale oil paintings of interwoven layers, whose delicate and sovereign presence is undisputable. The capacity to convey so much visual wonder through such concise and humble brushstrokes locates Yaegashi’s territory somewhere at the intersection of Anni Albers’ and Niele Toroni’s works.
Recent solo shows include View from here, an occurrence, LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina, 2022; HINAGA, La Maison de Rendez-vous, Brussels, 2022; purple, black, fog, Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles, 2022; Yui Yaegashi, Queer Thoughts, New York, 2021.
Yui Yaegashi is represented by MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo, Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.