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Naomi Okubo

Colorful Paintings by Naomi Okubo

Artist Naomi Okubo keeps dazzling me with her paintings that pop off the canvas with so many stunning colors. Love the patterns and her incredible attention for detail. See the paintings on the wall in the first image below? They are actually small versions of her own works she created previously!

Originally from Tokyo, Naomi is currently based in Brooklyn where she is participating in various exhibitions. If you’re lucky enough to be around New York this summer: Naomi will take part in a show called On Illusions, which opens on August 4, 4-6 pm (in collaboration with Cuchifritos Gallery and Residency Unlimited).

I had the pleasure of meeting Naomi in her Tokyo based studio back in 2015, where she showed me some of her paintings and talked about her working process. You can read more about it here!

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Yayoi Ono

Colorful Illustrations by Yayoi Ono

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may remember I have a weak spot for Japanese illustration. So when I stumbled upon these colorful illustrations by Japan based artist Yayoi Ono on Instagram I did a little happy dance. Love the quirky shapes, love the colorful details and ADORE her playful style.

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Magical Illustrated Sceneries by Makoto Maruyama

Tokyo based illustrator Makoto Maruyama worked in the design industry for years before she quit her job, traveled around the world and started drawing. Her beautiful illustrations show us of al kinds of magical places where really everyting can happen (look at the cat and elephant friends.. so adorable!). I love her playful drawing style and all the rich colors that she uses in her work. They have a very friendly character that makes me want to spend some time in her beautifully illustrated worlds.

You can find a beautiful selection of Makoto Maruyama’s art prints available at Toi Gallery.

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A focus on the simple things in life: Beautiful illustrations by Shuku Nishi

I’ll be honest. When election news hit The Netherlands this morning it was a bit hard to focus on the regular things . Then again, art might just bring the comfort and distraction I’m sure many of us need right now <3

Enjoy some new papercut illustrations by Japan based illustrator Shuku Nishi; an amazingly kind and madly talented illustrator who I was lucky enough to meet in Kyoto last year. Her work hits the spot when it comes to things I like about illustration. So soft, so elegant. Revealing beauty in the simple thigs in life.  Love..

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Tomoya Kato

Tomoya Kato’s lovely, blurry illustrations remind me of that magical spot between being awake and asleep.
I love the softness, the paleness, the magical characters and all the wonderful, delightful imperfections.

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