In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.
Edward Kinsella III is a highly successful illustrator whose clients include the United States Postal Service, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, etc. He recently received the Gold award at Spectrum Live for his cover illustration for “Wooden Bones” published by Simon and Schuster. Yūgen presents an important departure from the illustration world where Kinsella reveals his personal vision for the first time. Using Winter as his theme, he states, “Winter is quiet, still, contemplative, and sad. Things die, slow down, hibernate. Without suffering, the good parts of life don’t taste as sweet.”
Jeffrey Alan Love teaches drawing at VCU since studying at the Illustration Academy and apprenticing with Sterling Hundley. His peripatetic childhood and diverse background have enriched his skill as an illustrator. Love’s clients include The New York Times, Richmond Magazine, Chicago Reader, and The Box Creative/Center Stage, etc. Love’s paintings for Yūgen are also a new departure as he is experimenting with a limited palette using bold expressionist strokes. About his work for Yūgen Love says, "With this body of work I have tried to recreate the sensations of my childhood in Germany, of running through haunted forests and crumbling castles and overlaying what is now with what was - witches and rivers, knights and poisoners, and all of the magic that seems not only possible but real at a young age."