Yoko Akino

Graphic Studio Dublin: Life is a bowl of Lychees

Life is a bowl of Lychees

Graphic Studio Dublin: For a Time

For a Time

Graphic Studio Dublin: Behind the Curtain the Night Goes On

Behind the Curtain the Night Goes On

Graphic Studio Dublin: And She Faced the Blast

And She Faced the Blast

Graphic Studio Dublin: Love

Love

Graphic Studio Dublin: Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Graphic Studio Dublin: He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Graphic Studio Dublin: Spring Wind

Spring Wind

Graphic Studio Dublin: Soon This Too Will Be A Memory

Soon This Too Will Be A Memory

Graphic Studio Dublin: ...that dolphin-torn: that gong-tormented sea. Yoko Akino

...that dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea. Yoko Akino

Graphic Studio Dublin: Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth

Graphic Studio Dublin: The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

Graphic Studio Dublin: Whole World

Whole World

Graphic Studio Dublin: View from Mount Gabriel

View from Mount Gabriel

Graphic Studio Dublin: Scarriff and Deenish

Scarriff and Deenish

Graphic Studio Dublin: Dawn : Garranes

Dawn , Garranes

Graphic Studio Dublin: Scarriff

Scarriff

Graphic Studio Dublin: The Bull and the Cow

The Bull and the Cow

Graphic Studio Dublin: Clouds passing : Garranes

Clouds passing , Garranes

Graphic Studio Dublin: Even on the darkest days

Even on the darkest days

Graphic Studio Dublin: Storm gathering: Greenore

Storm gathering, Greenore

Graphic Studio Dublin: My own island

My own island

Graphic Studio Dublin: Rain is coming

Rain is coming

Graphic Studio Dublin: Squall

Squall

Graphic Studio Dublin: View from Dursey Island

View from Dursey Island

Graphic Studio Dublin: Stillness and Movement

Stillness and Movement

Graphic Studio Dublin: Mountjoy Square Parnassus

Mountjoy Square Parnassus

Graphic Studio Dublin: The Skelligs

The Skelligs

Graphic Studio Dublin: The Exploit. The Endeavour. The Deed.

The Exploit. The Endeavour. The Deed.

Graphic Studio Dublin: What hides in the fog

What hides in the fog

Graphic Studio Dublin: Poet’s Wife and Cat

Poet’s Wife and Cat

Graphic Studio Dublin: For wonder and wail

For wonder and wail

Graphic Studio Dublin: And There are Coral Kingdoms

And There are Coral Kingdoms

Graphic Studio Dublin: The Cat and the Moon

The Cat and the Moon

Graphic Studio Dublin: White Camellia

White Camellia

Graphic Studio Dublin: Standing Still at 1600 km/h

Standing Still at 1600 km/h

Graphic Studio Dublin: Arrival of the Queen of Shaba in Ballyhaije

Arrival of the Queen of Shaba in Ballyhaije

Graphic Studio Dublin: Yes I will Yes

Yes I will Yes

Graphic Studio Dublin: Yet Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves

Yet Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves

Graphic Studio Dublin: Romance

Romance

Graphic Studio Dublin: Negative Capability

Negative Capability

Graphic Studio Dublin: Journey without goal

Journey without goal

Graphic Studio Dublin: In the Gap

In the Gap

Graphic Studio Dublin: Cliara

Cliara

Graphic Studio Dublin: Form is emptiness: emptiness is form

Form is emptiness, emptiness is form

Graphic Studio Dublin: Inscape

Inscape

Graphic Studio Dublin: Someone is always awake

Someone is always awake

Graphic Studio Dublin: Another Day of the Cat

Another Day of the Cat

Graphic Studio Dublin: In the beginners mind there are many possibilities

In the beginners mind there are many possibilities

Graphic Studio Dublin: Morning moonrise over Slieve Foys

Morning moonrise over Slieve Foys

Graphic Studio Dublin: In an unknown and secret corner of the sky it floated...

In an unknown and secret corner of the sky it floated...

Graphic Studio Dublin: Memory of the other side of the valley

Memory of the other side of the valley

Graphic Studio Dublin: I am wind on sea: I am wave upon land, I am ocean roar

I am wind on sea, I am wave upon land, I am ocean roar

Graphic Studio Dublin: Dusk: Skelligs

Dusk, Skelligs

Graphic Studio Dublin: Vespers

Vespers

Graphic Studio Dublin: Beginning of Summer

Beginning of Summer

Graphic Studio Dublin: View from Dursey Island

View from Dursey Island

Graphic Studio Dublin: A Day of the Cat

A Day of the Cat

Graphic Studio Dublin: Feeling

Feeling

Graphic Studio Dublin: We pitched our tent in Tokyo

We pitched our tent in Tokyo

Graphic Studio Dublin: White Camellia

White Camellia

Graphic Studio Dublin: And lifts to the changing moon His changing eyes

And lifts to the changing moon His changing eyes

Graphic Studio Dublin: That dazzling day

That dazzling day

Graphic Studio Dublin: Love

Love

Graphic Studio Dublin: Through the Corridor

Through the Corridor

Graphic Studio Dublin: The sun also rises: and the sun goes down

The sun also rises, and the sun goes down

Graphic Studio Dublin: Soon This Too Will Be A Memory

Soon This Too Will Be A Memory

Graphic Studio Dublin: The dance of the red mares of Áine

The dance of the red mares of Áine

Yoko Akino was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied drawing from a young age. 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. Akino moved to Dublin 1996, and is a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. She is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s leading printmakers.

Akino was honored with the O’Sullivan Graphic Supplies prize for ‘Best Print’ at the RHA annual exhibition, 2007. In 2008 she 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, entitled ‘Revelation’. Yoko Akino uses the principles of minimalism and stillness to render her works as dreamlike, dissociative narrative, at once both haunting and compelling.

Yoko Akino is surrounded by views of the ocean at her home on the Cooley Peninsiula, and is drawn to the dramatic shapes of the coastline. Her pared down expanses of vivid colour, adjacent to detailed blocks of patterned lines, represent views from the east and west coasts of Ireland, that are influenced by her memories of the Honshu coastline, between the Japanese and Pacific Ocean.