Asaki Tanaka


Specialized in watercolor, illustration.Born in Osaka, Japan. Earned her degrees in Bachelor of Fine Artsin Studio Art with a concentrationin Watercolor, College of Visual Art and Design,at University of North Texas, USAsumma cum laude

Artist Statement

Children grow up, and little creaturesin their daydreams suddenly turn invisible.They are to be replaced with legitimate adult life.And here I am, a painter who still happens toencounter little creatures in her daydream.
My paintings symbolize something preciouschildren possess but probably loseas 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 gesturesof children’s things are the veilhiding some precious meanings behind them.They may have the illusion of cheerfulness and simplicity,but if you take a closer look, you will realize thatthere is something deeper going on.
I wish my paintings to functionas those children’s books and toys. Every single one of my works capturesan 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 memore than the chaos of the world.
What I have always been trying to do isto 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 aretoo chaotic and beyond description.That is about the time when I pick up my penciland start to build up a world on a sheet of paper.
Those creatures in my work might appearto be ugly and frightening,but don’t be afraid to touch and feel them.They are what you once lovedand probably still do.