Asaki Tanaka
Specialized in watercolor, illustration.
Born in Osaka, Japan.
Earned her degrees in Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Studio Art with a concentration
in Watercolor, College of Visual Art and Design,
at University of North Texas, USA

Artist Statement

Children grow up, and little creatures
in their daydreams suddenly turn invisible.
They are to be replaced with legitimate adult life.
And here I am, a painter who still happens to
encounter little creatures in her daydream. 

My paintings symbolize something precious
children possess but probably lose
as they grow up, like books and toys.
Now that I am quite a grownup,
those things mean more than just children’s stuff.
I believe that all the bright colors and cheerful gestures
of children’s things are the veil
hiding some precious meanings behind them.
They may have the illusion of cheerfulness and simplicity,
but if you take a closer look, you will realize that
there is something deeper going on.
I wish my paintings to function
as those children’s books and toys.  

Every single one of my works captures
an alternate scene happening in my world.
Everything has some story behind it.
Nothing is just cute and beautiful.
Some are ugly and even unexplainable.
There is nothing that fascinates me
more than the chaos of the world.
What I have always been trying to do is
to capture as many as possible.
Every time you see my painting,
there is going to be something new to discover.
Sometimes things in my mind are
too chaotic and beyond description.
That is about the time when I pick up my pencil
and start to build up a world on a sheet of paper.

Those creatures in my work might appear
to be ugly and frightening,
but don’t be afraid to touch and feel them.
They are what you once loved
and probably still do.