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Contemplative Spaces | Yuria Okamura

September 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

artist painting on canvas, geometric shapes in blues light toned reds, gold and white, artists hand and paint brush visible at work.

Image: Yuria painting her work | Photo by Jessica Grilli 

Artist Talk and workshop | Contemplative spaces 

Yuria Okamura is a Melbourne-based artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting and installation. She brings together and reinterprets diverse metaphysical imaginings from across cultures through the utopian language of geometry and diagrammatic aesthetics, referencing patterns in nature, esoteric symbolism, alchemical diagrams, religious architecture and decoration, and spiritualist abstract painting.

Image of painting of linked geometric shapes representing the artist's title of the work 'spring fountain'

Yuria Okamura | Spring Fountain, 2020 | acrylic and pen on paper, 78. x  65cm | Photo by Simon Strong

The Workshop

In this workshop, Yuria will discuss how she incorporates architectural and decorative elements in her work to visualise contemplative spaces. She will demonstrate how to set up preliminary sketches using different outlining techniques with colour pencils or carbon paper, and how to employ different watercolour staining techniques, including layering and detailing. There will be time for participants to try some of the different techniques during the workshop.

What to bring:

Your preferred painting & drawing materials.

We will provide:

Some coloured pencils, extra paint, brushes and A4 paper, rulers & carbon paper.

About Yuria

Yuria holds an MFA (Research) from the University of Melbourne and a BFA (Honours) from RMIT University.  She has been awarded:

Australia Council Career Development Grant | Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship | Ursula Hoff Institute Drawing Award | Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award | Sanskriti Kendra Residency (India) | The Studios at MASS MoCA (USA) | Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency (Australia) | Bayside City Council Residency (Australia) | Takt Artist Residency (Germany).

She has exhibited at Daine Singer | Incinerator Gallery | Margaret Lawrence Gallery | La Trobe Art Institute | C3 Contemporary Art Space | Anna Pappas Gallery | Five Walls, Tributary Projects (Canberra) | Kunstraum Tapir (Berlin, Germany) | Langford 120, Seventh Gallery | Japan Foundation Gallery (Sydney) | and Mølla På Grim (Kristiansand, Norway).

Yuria’s art

Yuria’s Jewellery

Attendant purchase & confirmation

To attend this session the cost is $33 per person, discounts apply to BMI members and seniors.  

Other payment options

If you do not wish to pay on-line please contact the Library on (03) 5331 3042 or email to reserve your place.

This workshop is a BMI Community Art Project – Ballarat’s Oldest Cultural Institution


September 15
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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BMI – Library and Heritage Room
117-119 Sturt Street
Ballarat Central, VIC 3350 Australia
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