"BY REPEATING PENCIL TOUCHES AS IF I WERE WEAVING, I CAN THREAD MY EMOTIONS INTO MY WORK." - HIROKI YASUTOMI
Hiroki Yasutomi's intriguing works in pencil consist motifs of extremely fine lines drawn as though he were possessed by an overpowering force. In After Image of the Day (Lot 338), he draws scene inside a well-lit room, overlooking the city at night. Sofas are used not only for welcoming guests or for brief relaxation, but also as places where one can lie down and sleep, to pamper a body tired from work or other daily tasks. Yasutomi says that he feels a sense of security by drawing a snuggly sofa. Circulating Dew (Lot 339) meticulously depicts the hyper realistic flowers covered in drops of dew. He explains, "Water makes us realize that it is a source of life." The inevitable darkness of the night creates sense of isolation and heighten our otherwise diverted consciousness. It allows us the time to face our internal self. "I attempt to draw 'night' as a unitary concept, in order to create a world that can be one's ground." Another characteristic of Yasutomi's art is the low eyeline in the layout of his works. He often depicts floors and lower sections of a given space, paying attention to the eyeline of those who look at his creations. Yasutomi creates his layouts to stimulate the imaginations of his audience, to draw them into his artistic world, and to make them the protagonist of a picture's story.