The works of Yuko Shimizu

Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu, based in New York City, is an award-winning and internationally renowned artist in the field, and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

A strong believer in originality as key to any successful artistic path, Yuko Shimizu often talks about her illustrations as a reflection and result of what she defines to be ‘the personal voice’, challenging the overused word ‘style’, which, in her opinion, is a superficial way of referring to one’s work. Medium is also important in art, and she encourages her students to avoid easy mediums, to work hard for what they love, constantly experiment, and finally find their own ‘voice’, to not follow, but lead. Reading various interviews and articles about her activity, we found that she is not only an extraordinary artist, with an outstanding portfolio including collaborations with top magazines, newspapers, brands, but also an inspiration, usually offering valuable advice to young illustrators.

She had an interesting career journey, starting with a job in corporate PR in Tokyo, where she spent 11 years, to later move to New York City, in 1999, where she graduated with MFA from SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003.

Her first self-titled monograph was released world-wide from German publisher Gestalten in 2011, and her first children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball (written by Marissa Moss) came out from Abrams in April, 2013.

She will have a piece exhibited in the SPECTRUM show, opening on September 12th at 6:30 pm, and runs up to October 18th, 2014 at The Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065. More info here.

What follows is a selection of fine art and personal work, and cover illustrations for DC Comics Vertigo. Enjoy!

Yuko Shimizu

BLOW UP 2: Storm Forming / Exhibition at The Society of Illustrators, September 2010, for the ‘Blow Up’ show with Tomer Hanuka and Sam Weber.

Blow Up - The Big Bang

BLOW UP 3: The Big Bang / Exhibition at The Society of Illustrators, September 2010, for the ‘Blow Up’ show with Tomer Hanuka and Sam Weber.

ZEN Series 1 - Chair

ZEN Series 1 – Chair (small round drawing series)

ZEN Series 1

ZEN Series 1 – Yarn (small round drawing series)

ZEN Series 1

ZEN Series 1 – Mummy Man (small round drawing series)

ZEN Series 1.5

Part of ZEN Series 1.5 (small round drawing series)

The Wild Wild Chase

The Wild Wild Chase (large scale drawing)

The Unwritten Apocalypse #1

The Unwritten Apocalypse #1 / Client: DC Comics Vertigo, part of the series ‘The Unwritten’, cover illustration, March 2014 issue.

The Unwritten #35.5

The Unwritten #35.5 / Client: DC Comics Vertigo, part of the series ‘The Unwritten’, published in May 2012, cover illustration.

The Sandman The Dream Hunters #2

The Sandman The Dream Hunters #2 / Client: DC Comics Vertigo, published in 2008, cover illustration.

Embedded Art - Art in the Name of Security

EMBEDDED ART – Art in the Name of Security /  Poster created for EMBEDDED ART – Art in the Name of Security– at Akademie Der Kunste in Berlin, Germany (January – March 2009).

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Images © Yuko Shimizu

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