2020 Archibald Finalist Yuri Shimmyo is a Japanese-Australian painter and printmaker. After emigrating from Japan in 1978, she trained at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney – the city she now calls home. Her preferred medium for painting is oils, however she has recently been attending the Printmaking Open Studio at TAFE to learn the art of linocuts and etching. Yuri delights in capturing the detail of ordinary things in her surroundings, including people, landscape and plants, as well as creating imaginary scenes. She has been a many-time finalist in local Sydney prizes including the Mosman Art Prize, Willoughby Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Blacktown City Art Prize, and Hornsby Art Prize. After winning TAFE’s Works on Paper Prize in 2019, the artist has continued her upward trajectory, nominated as a finalist in the Archibald Prize last year with a self-portrait titled Carnation, Lily, Yuri, Rose.
Featured image: Yuri Shimmyo, Carnation, Lily, Yuri, Rose. Oil on canvas, 25 x 20cm. Courtesy: the artist.