Mayumi Inoha ( 猪羽 真由美 )

A painter 4days a week, a graphic designer for 3days a week.

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I grew up with anime and manga around me since childhood, and was doodling whenever I had time.

I never considered “not drawing” as an option, so I studied design at an art university,

and worked as a designer after graduation.

The reason I chose design over painting, to be blunt, was to earn a living.

 

Since I could draw, I got offered to do more illustrations along with designs, and started to replicate characters from anime and manga. I kept drawing during my off-work hours.

 

Designs and illustrations are mainly ordered and printed by ad agencies, 

and therefore, for the sake of the ad agencies and the potential buyers who pick up the printed materials, in order to sell them, the needs of the ad agencies and potential buyers take priority.

As for paintings, on the other hand, although they are based on the rules of modern art, I could paint whatever I wanted, however I wanted, and whether they sold or not was based on my tastes and intents.

 

Somewhere along the way, design and illustration became my job, and paintings became an escape where I could paint what I wanted and express myself.

Design, illustration and painting may seem like the same thing in that they are all “drawing,” but in my mind, they were completely different things, and I didn’t even have a doubt as I painted.

 

However, as I kept painting, I felt sympathy towards “Superflat,” founded by Takashi Murakami.

So, I started to incorporate portrayals that brought a stronger anime or manga feel, and expressions such as Bézier and solid-color fill from Adobe Illustrator, which I learned from and use for my work, to my paintings.

 

Then, considering the division I created between design and illustration, and painting, I started to think, “Is this right?” “Can’t I go back and forth more freely?”

From there, I began creating my work contradictorily using both digital and analog, and both Japanese and Western paintings, by creating the sketches digitally, then breaking down motifs with a Japanese feel to the canvas, and finally coloring them with acrylic paint.

I am not thinking about abandoning design and illustration in order to paint, but instead incorporating them and express the worldview I want to show through a filter that is myself.

Past Books

Past Exhibitions

NYLON japan

ELLE taiwan

【contemporary art fair 】
2013
new city art fair taipei 2013” 松山文創園区/TAIWAN

2014
young art taipei 2014” REGENT TAIPEI/TAIWAN
new city art fair taipei 2014” 松山文創園区/TAIWAN

2016
young art taipei 2016” Sheraton Grande Taipei/TAIWAN “
Formosa Art Show” Humble House Taipei/TAIWAN
ART TAINAN 2016” TAYIH LANDIS TAINAN/TAIWAN
Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2016” F1 Pit Buildi ng/SINGAPORE

2017
Art Formosa” Creative Park x Eslite Hotel/TAIWAN

2018
Affordable Art Fair HongKong 2018” Hong Kong Convention Centre/HONGKONG

2019
ART FUTURE TAIPEI 2019” HOTEL PROVERBS Taipei/TAIWAN


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【group exhibition】
2011

蛍光フラッペ” Commune/JAPAN
HERBEST” Hidari Zingaro/JAPAN
SWEET STREETS 2011” WWA Gallery/LA

2012
LEAGUE” Hellion Gallery/PORTLAND
MY LITTLE PONY project LA 2012” Toyart Ga llery/LA

2013
Paul Frank Art Show” Toyart Gallery /LA

2015
kute as fuh!” Piq products/NY

2016
Japanese Contemporary Art Show” Central Embassy/THAILAND

2017
Mermaid Art Show” Q-pop Gallery/LA