Eiko does not view art as her hobby: "a hobby to me means something you do for pleasure and relaxation. Art is serious...every moment is so important and precious."
"The way I work is to launch straight in with colour, without any underpainting or other preparation that might interfere with my spontaneity and energy."
Eiko Yoshimoto was born in Okayama shortly before the Second World War. She studied English literature and drama at the Notre Dame Sacred Heart School and after her studies, worked with the Toho film company and world-famous director, Kurosawa. She gave up her film career for hairdressing which eventually brought her to the UK. Her career as an artist, however, was not launched until after the birth of her son. When he was six, she began to illustrate a children's book for him using pastels and has not stopped creating art since. Her style is strongly influenced by Monet, Degas and Turner.
Pastel Society of France
Commissioned to draw the BBC Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal
In the collections of Japanese and Saudi royal families.
Solo exhibition at the Royal Opera House
Solo exhibition at Glyndebourne
Solo exhibitions in Japan (every other year)