Biography

Yumiko Nolan

I like beautiful things. I see the beauty in the color of the clothes I wear, in nature I encounter, in animals roaming in the wild, and in the composition of the paintings I look at. When I think of my art, the first thing that comes to my mind is romanticism. Yet, I love to add a bit of spice of tragedy and complication because there is no drama in happy ending stories. This society we live in is filled with virtual realism and artificial naturalism, and it works perfectly fine.

Expressing the beautiful things is not so straightforward as before. And I like that challenge because it creates more excitement. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, I grew up in an ordinary family and I never thought to be an artist. I came to New York in 1988, was admitted to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and majored in Fashion Illustration. Meeting great teachers such as Jack Potter made me fall in love with fashion drawings. I started freelancing for major apparel companies while continuing to take classes at School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design.

My clients are :
Jones New York, Finity, Episode, Trends Collection, Helen Morley Design, Hanro USA, Calvin Klein Coats, Perry Ellis Coats, Ellen Tracy Coats, Lands End, Arizona Jeans, LL Bean among others.

My first solo show was at the Michi Gallery in New York in June 2005. The same month I exhibited my work in a group exhibition at the Chelsea night club “Quo”. In March 2006 I curated and participated in a group exhibition at the Consulate General of Japan in New York.
In June 2006 I was invited to exhibit my work in another group exhibition at the Chelsea night club “Stereo”. In February of 2005, I met Terence Coyle, a very influential teacher at the Art Students League of New York.

Mr.Coyle’s advice in the form of traditional fine art made my art work richer, transformed from commercial art to fine art. I reside in the Upper East side of Manhattan, I have a lovely husband, two beautiful children and one long-term companion cat. My days are busy, full of duties as a mother and a wife, and my artwork definitely co-exists with it.