Born in Nagoya, Japan, in
began art studies at Bunka-Gakuin, a Tokyo College of art, where
techniques and subject matter -- the realistic everyday images of
musical instruments, and flowers, which were to become her principal
-- were stressed.
Several years after her graduation
Yokoi moved to Paris to study intaglio printmaking with S. W. Hayter at
his famous workshop, Atelier 17.
By the time Yokoi moved to New York
1971, she had perfected the lessons of mezzotint, expanding its
to include complex multi-plate images of subtle color nuances.
Saper Galleries created a major
of Yokoi's mezzotints in 1988.
Combining European beaux-art
with an oriental emphasis on asymmetry and elegant design, the
of Tomoe Yokoi have been exhibited throughout Europe and the United
at some of the most important print invitationals:
Norwegian International Print
Paris International Print
52nd SAGA National Print
IKI International Art Fair,
4th British Intern. Print
Ljubljana Intern. Print
In addition to these honors,
are included in the prestigious museum collections of the National
(Oslo), the Musee d'Art Moderne (Paris), the Bibliotheque Nationale
Brooklyn Museum (New York), the New York Public Library, the Free
(Philadelphia). Plus, Roy Saper has long owned Yokoi mezzotints
in his home!
Tomoe Yokoi's simple, yet elegant
brilliantly glows from the darkened mezzotint background.
and aesthetically, her works are a joy to see and a thrill to own.
If you do not yet have a mezzotint
collection, consider selecting a Yokoi for your home or office!