Acquavella Galleries Presents: Yuka Kashihara

Visual Arts
Acquavella Galleries Presents
Yuka Kashihara

May 28 – June 26, 2022 in Palm Beach
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite M309
C World, 2020, Acrylic and oil on canvas in two panels, 59 1/4 x 118 1/2 inches (150.5 x 301 cm)

“I painted while traveling across mountains, forests, and lakes. From the past, I have experienced moments when I feel like I’m not myself. It is a sensation similar to floating in water, so close yet so far, like someone else’s affairs, or the goings on of another world.” – Yuka Kashihara

Palm Beach, May 18, 2022– Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition of thirteen paintings by the Japanese painter Yuka Kashihara in its Palm Beach gallery, from May 28-June 27, 2022. The artist’s first show with the gallery, the exhibition also marks her solo show debut in the United States.

Please find here a checklist of the paintings in the exhibition.

Kashihara paints evocative, atmospheric landscapes that interweave observed scenes from the natural world with the spaces of her internal imagination. Drawing from the traditions of Japanese nihonga and Western painting, she applies thin layers of oil paint and tempera to create luminous, vivid works that are characterized by a sense of transparency and a unique depth of intensity and color. Although her dreamlike landscapes emanate largely from her mind’s eye, Kashihara has also been inspired by the diverse scenery of places she has visited, such as Yosemite National Park, Isle of Skye in Scotland, Lofoten in Norway, the jungles and rainforests of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan. Her paintings are often sparked by instigating moments while traveling or walking, views which she then blends with imagined, otherworldly vistas.

Floaters, 2017-2019, tempera and oil on canvas, 67 1/8 x 90 5/8 inches

Born in 1980 in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan, Kashihara received her B.F.A. in Japanese Painting from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 2006 before moving to Germany that year. Studying at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany, she received her Meisterschüler (Master Graduate) in 2015. Her move to Germany, where she continues to live and work today, has informed her interest in the “distance” between internal and external spaces—the physical distance between Japan and Germany, the cultural divide between their countries, and the distance she has found in herself as a Japanese person living abroad. This fascination with introspective exploration, or as she describes, “digging” in herself, are symbolically expressed through the motifs of lakes, caves, holes, and mountains that frequently appear in her work.

Describing what draws her to landscape, Kashihara explains: “When I observe a landscape, I am fascinated by the layers of the past: earth, color, and traces of the people who were once there. I try to imagine how the first or last person perceived this landscape. When two people see a landscape, what they see is never the same: I try to find these differences and deviations, and then fill the created gaps.”

Night Touching the Sky, 2016, oil on canvas, 19 5/8 x 23 7/8 inches

About Yuka Kashihara

Yuka Kashihara was born in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan in 1980. She grew up in Japan, moving between many cities — Tokyo, Osaka, and Yamanashi — and received a B.F.A. in Japanese Painting from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 2006. The same year, Kashihara moved to Germany to study at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany, where she studied both traditional oil painting with tempera technique and modern art. In 2015, Kashihara completed Meisterschüler (Master Graduate) at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig under Professor Annette Schroeter. Today Kashihara lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. She has had solo exhibitions at the Pola Annex Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2021), the Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan (2016), and Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany (2008).

###Note to Editors:

An opening brunch reception with the artist will be held at the gallery on May 28th from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Lourdes Miller, lourdes@bluemedium.comMedia Contacts:
For interviews, background and images, please contact:

Lourdes Miller
Blue Medium, Inc.
Tel: +1-212-675-1800