KAWABE Hiroko quietly runs her colored pencils over her paper in the new studio at 〈Atelier Yamanami〉, Shiga Prefecture. A skillful portrait artist, her drawing style is characterized by smooth lines and the use of vivid colors, favoring bright, pop…
Ask anyone about SHUJI Takashi, and they will reply, “A gentle soul, rather quiet, but always ready with a smile.” This artist of few words will forever continue to speak to us through the drawings born out of the perspective of his gentle gaze.
Words and pictures meld into one in the works of TOMIZUKA Yoshimitsu. Crammed into every gap between them, a variety of colors appears to overflow the confines of the paper. We stepped into the world of Tomizuka’s mysterious stories, created by the …
It has been two years since MAENO Ikkei began oil painting, something he had been longing to do for several years. Putting on a favorite record, he paints, dances, then goes back to painting. This article captures a snapshot of the surreal and dream…
From the last years of elementary school until he was over 40, KAWAKAMI Kenji stayed home drawing. At 43 years old, he came into contact with 〈The Garden of Hope〉, where he encountered oil painting and his talents were discovered. Today, he continue…
Immediately after graduating from high school, FUKUI Masahiro started taking an art class offered by the predecessor organization of 〈Artspace Colorful Institute〉 (hereafter, 〈Colorful〉) in Tottori City. Since that time, he has continued to attend o…
His 10B pencil gliding across the paper, INOUE Masaru serenely pursues his drawing on a sheet of rolled paper spanning two meters in width. You would never guess from his commanding drawing style, but Inoue only began engaging with art in earnest at…
Anime characters, figures from ukiyo-e woodblock prints, dinosaurs, and supernatural beings (yōkai) from Japanese folklore crowd the scene. The worlds portrayed in the works of UKAI Yuichiro of〈Atelier Yamanami〉(Shiga Prefecture) are a confusion of …
Engrossed in his embroidery work with a gentle smile always on his face, MAENO Tsutomu is a long-time participant in the nui project at Shobu Gakuen (Kagoshima Prefecture). Stubbornly sticking to his own pace, he sews slowly, stitch by stitch, the d…
A series of Buddha images are drawn on a piece of picture with a single black pen. Although the Buddha image in the photograph he uses as a model wore a solemn expression, it is interesting that KURIHARA Katsuyuki’s Buddhas have lively and expressiv…
“Sato-chan, it’s about time to finish.” The time when HIMENO Satoru puts down his beloved bamboo pen is the time when the teacher of his painting class loses his concentration.
From such as small body, where does all this energy come from? As if possessed, the hand files away at the tree stump.
It started from a letter. A uniquely painted world was in the letter addressed to the staff at Shobu Gakuen by UNOKI Fumiko who was making sculptures there. Enter the “Fumiko World” that is created through both paintings and sculptures.
Techniques, motifs, colors, materials . . . everything in flux from moment to moment, as if reflecting the artist’s emotional state. Who is this creator who ‘draws what he feels, just as he feels it’?
Cut the yarn and knot the ends. Cut again and knot again until the work is complete: 《Untitled》, a ball of yarn. Every day, NISATO Chikara sits down at his workbench and starts the process again.
Since the age of 25, MATSUURA Shigeru has focused on one creative theme: the Earth. Carved with his left hand alone, his wooden sculptures overflow with vital energy.
《Worm Guy》, 《Weird Creature》, 《Girl》, 《Harvestman》: A rebel who roams the hills of Engaru, Hokkaido, paints striking portraits of living creatures.
In his special alcove in〈ATELIER YOOHOO!!〉in Fushimi, Kyoto, KOKUBO Yukihiro creates multilayered artworks that draw the viewer in.
Meet KURODA Katsutoshi, fierce talent and self-proclaimed “destroyer” from the art club at the 〈Normalization Society’s Nishiawaji Kibou-no-ye〉 in Higashi-yodogawa, Osaka.
He wakes up at 5am. After he has coffee with plenty of sugar, he is ready for the day.
Cars, films, and memories – He draws humorous and fantastic pictures to achieve his ambitions.