Tokyo, Japan based Tomoo Gokita’s gray-scale paintings depict archetypal figures, such as a pin-up girl or a geisha, with their faces concealed. With a background in graphic design, the artist was initially inspired to create art by his love of manga and animation. His paintings reflect these pop cultural influences, evoking iconic celebrity headshots and pornographic magazines. Executed with extreme technical precision, his erasure of the face through Neo-expressionistic flourishes or scraping gestures disturbs and adds a humorous element to his compositions.
Ryota Matsumoto is a principal and founder of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. Born in Tokyo, he was raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s.
Ryota’s drawings explore and demonstrate the hybrid/multi-layered process where varying scale, juxtaposition of different forms, intertwined textures/tones are applied to reinvent and question the spatial conditions of drawings. Most of work combine both traditional media (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital media (algorithmic processing, scripting and image compositing with custom software).
Tokyo based Fuco Ueda is a Japanese artist who paints with acrylic achieving a watercolor effect and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and on wood. Ueda’s work has a memorizing effect on the viewer. Most of her work centers on surrealistic scenes and young women. Her paintings describe a bizzare world with various nature elements such as animals, marine fauna, flowers, bees, mushrooms, etc..
Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Now she draws and creates imaginative worlds in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced art for books, products, posters, magazines, and store installations from clients all over the world. Her sculptures and illustrations often depict cute characters with a bizarre edge to them.
Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and starring at walls.
Tokyo and Melbourne based Stanislava Pinchuk aka Miso is a Ukraine-born artist that practices an interesting sort of bartering economics – when she does her trademark minimalistic and meaningful tattoos for her friends, they pay with goods or favors, not money.
In her most recent series “FallOut” Miso explores the changing topography of the Nuclear Exclusion Zone in Fukushima, Japan through a series of pin-hole drawings, inspired by fishnets she saw strewn on the ground when visiting the site.
Wakama Yamazaki is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Her style of illustrations and drawings are rough and different. The color, psychedelic vibes, humor and the occasional nod to Japanese heritage is greatly influenced by artworks from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the animation work of Heinz Edelman for Yellow Submarine, the psychedelic poster works drawn by Victor Moscoso and underground, independent comic titles. She tends to illustrate in this way more than the traditions of Japan and the Far East.
Tokyo based artist Atsuko Goto builds on her own visions of dreams in her other-worldly mixed media drawings. Goto’s “dream-drawings” took particular prominence in her work after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, a time when dreaming offered both an escape from and reconciliation with a harsh reality. Her ongoing “Dreaming Monster” series depicts ethereal women, often described as “undead” or “zombie”-like in appearance, which can be attributed to her palette of grays and blues made from semi-precious Lapis-lazuli and gum arabic.