Yoko Akino was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied drawing from the age of nine. Having spent four years as a draftsperson in an architect’s practice in Tokyo she returned to Kyoto in 1991, where she produced a collection of line drawings incorporating gauche. In 1996 she came to Ireland, began work at Graphic Studio Workshop and participated in the Temple Bar International Print Show. Akino has decided to stay in Ireland and is now a member of Graphic Studio Dublin.
Akino was honored with the O’Sullivan Graphic Supplies prize for ‘Best Print’ at the RHA annual exhibition, 2007. In 2008 she has already participated in a two-person show called ‘Is this real?’ at the Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin, and a Graphic Studio Dublin group show at the National Gallery of Ireland, called ‘Revelation’. Yoko Akino uses the principles of minimalism and stillness to render her works as dreamlike, dissociative narrative, at once both haunting and compelling.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2005 Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2003 The Front Lounge, Dublin
1998 Maronne Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 History, Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co. Cork
2016 A Terrible Beauty: WB Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2016 Urbis Felicitas, Graphic Studio Gallery group show, Dublin 2016 from islands to other seas, Graphic Studio Gallery group show, Dublin 2015 Impresssions and portraits of WB Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo 2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2015 May Quartet, four person show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin 2015 Frequency, collaboration and two person show, Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co. Cork 2015 A Little Autumn Collection, two person show, The Printmakers’ Gallery, Dublin 2015 A lonely impulse of delight, WB Yeats 150 Years, SO Fine Art Editions group show, Dublin
2013 Launch, SO Fine Art Editions
2008 Revelation, National Gallery of Ireland
2001 Konstforum, Norrkoping, Sweden
2000 The London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London