The colorful works of Japanese illustrator Hatsuki Miyahara have long been my favorites. I met Hatsuki in Osaka this spring, where she showed me many of her paintings at her home studio. Seeing her works in real life made me fall even more in love with her style. So many colors in so many layers! She recently created some new works which I’m happy to share with you today.
Hatsuki has a beautiful, very personal solo exhibition coming up called If the world has blurred. It will be held at Ondo Gallery from September 3 to 25. If you are lucky enough te be in Osaka then, it’s definitely worth a visit!
This is what Hatsuki explains about the exhibition:
For a long time in my life I was focused on following others (like my parents and classmates) while neglecting my own feelings. I was worried that my environment might dislike me, so I often pretended to smile, even in difficult times. Saying “no” was hard, my emotions had been paralyzed. Neglecting my feelings was painful. I couldn’t adapt myself to society, which isn’t uncommon here in Japan.
Then I had the luck to find out how things really are and I slowly started to learn more about myself. I couldn’t have done this without my family, friends and my drawing activities. In my exhibition I will express myself in my artwork. Hidden feelings will be visualized in drawings. I got my inspiration from ‘honne’, which means ‘true intention’ in Japanese. With my intentions I want to encourage people to truly see and feel their own emotions.