Yuki Aruga

Artist Statement

My work is a response to my fixation with time; my attempt at stopping its incessant passing, to hold something still and immovable, preserving it in a particular moment. I aim to address these anxieties and a sense of an allotted time, by using the brief phases of perpetual and cyclical processes present in nature. 

Each year a flower will repeat the process from bud to decay. The works are a record of moments at various points during a flower’s brief life. The presence of birds wings suggest both the celestial and the vessel like nature of the body, defunct and discarded at the point of death. Collectively, these elements demonstrate the fragility of life and irrevocable demise.

Often I set subjects within a black abyss, suspended, ungrounded and displaced, to engage only with the form. Negative spaces and partially erased imagery allow a sense of presence through absence, alluding to notions of the void, loss and boundlessness.

Much like the practice of Ikebana, I endeavour to bring a silence to my work that allows one to consider the overlooked and observe nature more closely. I like to think that perhaps I am giving permanence to something transitory and insignificant. 





2005-08 Camberwell College of Arts UAL | BA Hons Fine Art Painting

2004-05 Wimbledon School of Arts UAL | Foundation Diploma in Art & Design



Cat Street Gallery | Only Now… | Hong Kong

Cat Street Gallery | Affordable Art Fair | Hong Kong

Galerie Audrey Marty | Saint-Malo France


Galerie Audrey Marty | Saint-Malo France

The Lancaster Collection | Eirene | Elephant Family's Animal Ball | Clarence House London

Barker & May | Winchmore Hill London

The Chelsea Art Fair | Lilford Gallery | Chelsea London

The Big Egg Hunt UK Tour | Lyra May on show in various locations across the UK


The Affordable Art Fair | Hampstead London

The Affordable Art Fair | Battersea London

Ever Spring L'Artisan Parfumeur | Covent Garden London

The Affordable Art Fair | Bristol

Art Haus | Degree Art | London

The Big Egg Hunt | various locations across London: Egglantine on display in Leadenhall Market and Emelius in Burlington Arcade


Private Christmas Exhibition | Morrison & Foerster | London

Works on Paper | Sarah Reynolds Fine Art | London

Affordable Art Fair | Hampstead Heath London

St George’s 8th Annual Arts Event | St George’s Hospital | Tooting London

Painting | Sarah Reynolds Fine Art | London

One for One | Stour Space | Hackney London


Auction East | Five Hundred Dollars Gallery | London

UJADF Award | ROA Gallery | London

Cork Street Open Exhibition | Cork Street Gallery | London

Artworks 2010 Exhibition BAGT | London

Shortlisted BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year

Wildlife Artist of the Year | Mall Galleries | London


2012 Trelex Residency | Trelex Switzerland

2010 Artist in Residence at Sir William Perkins's School | Chertsey Surrey