Today we feature a Japanese women artist named, JoBo;LuBo, who is participating in the Beauty and the Kaiju project.
She first caught the eye of my friend, Yo, earlier this year at a Design Festa show at Tokyo Big Sight. Yo emailed me and said you’ve got to check out her work ! Wow ! Really great work I said… the frenzied styling was something I was not use to. However, like all great art was something i couldn’t take my eyes off as well ! ;-P The more I looked at her art the more I saw in it as well. There seems to be a certain amount of aggression in her art, but this is explained a bit in the interview below, I think. Might it be the hectic lifestyle of Tokyo ? Only my speculation .. but for sure her work demands you look at it ! There is also a playfulness to her line work and a bit of street graffiti mixed in all combining elements make for an exciting image.
Even though JoBo;LuBo has only been illustrating since 2007, one of her characters named ‘Ukkiys’ is very popular and she releases many artworks based this character.
JoBo;LuBo take on Captain Maxx, really is amazing ! With each image I see from these super talented artists, it really inspires me on so many different levels. I’ve been at this game for awhile now and at times feel like I have seen it all.. but than an artist like JoBo;LuBo comes along and gets me excited again about Art ! I hope her work also fires you all up as well !
I look forward to meeting JoBo;LuBo on my next trip to Tokyo and finding out more about her work process as well as her influences !
The following interview was conducted via email and once again thank you to my buddy, Yo Miyamoto for his translations and support of this project !
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
Q1: Can you tell me what kind of artwork you do ?
I draw something not only cute but also envenomed. ( Note Envenomed = 1. Put poison on or into; make poisonous. 2. Infuse with hostility or bitterness.)
Q2: As a child, were you always interested in Art ?
Sure, I was!!!
I was a little girl who either draws or climbs a tree!
I still don’t know why but I was looking at the picture of Napoleon’s coronation on history textbook, and I would eventually draw something like that when I grow up.
Q3: Did you go to Art school ?
I took a correspondence course once…but I basically learned from art class at school.
Q4: What kind of toys did you play with when you were growing up ? Any Kaiju ?!!
I have played with many different toys.
I think I may have Kaiju toys as well…
My favorite toys were small finger puppets. I used to play with them in my imaginary world.
Q5: Any last words you would like to say to the readers of this blog ?
Please enjoy ‘Beauty & Kaiju’ show!
Thank you so much for participating in the Beauty and the Kaiju show !
JoBo;LuBo show history :
June: JoBo;LuBo Exhibition “KiMo:ama”,Lav (Tokyo)
July: ”touDo121%”,NALU café (Tokyo)
October: “Last JoBo;LuBo”,cubstar (Tokyo)
【Selected group exhibitions】
August: ”mix”exhibition vol0.2,CASO (Osaka)
“ARTs*LABo”Post card exhibition vol.04,Shimokitazawa (Tokyo)
September: ”PUZZLE PROJECT 2008″exhibition,Artist Space CERO (Osaka)
October: ”ARTs*LABo P-web”exhibition vol.05 (Web)
“PUZZLE PROJECT 2008″exhibition (UK/LONDON)
June: ”The 3rd yOUR pARTy”exhibition,WIRED CAFÉ (Tokyo)
July: ”The 4th yOUR pARTy”exhibition,WIRED CAFÉ (Tokyo)
January: ”Artcompe X”exhibition,Artcomplex (Tokyo)
CREATOR STADIUM,Osaka ACT (Osaka)
May: Design Festa vol.27 (Tokyo)
Artcompe X@Artcomplex (Tokyo)
July: 〃 (Tokyo)
September: 〃 (Tokyo)
November: 〃 (Tokyo)
October: Design Festa vol.30 (Tokyo)
May: Design Festa vol.31(Tokyo)
November: 〃 (Tokyo)
This awesome image of Captain Maxx will be part of the Beauty and the Kaiju art show at Design Festa , West, Harajuku , Tokyo, Japan – Dec 22, 23 & 24 , 2010.
Giclee prints, signed by JoBo;LuBo will be available at the show.
After the show, I will make them available for sale via my web store, http://www.maxtoyco.com.
And in February 2011, the project moves to Rotofugi in Chicago, with an added bonus we will reveal very soon 😉
I will post more interviews with the Women in the Beauty and the Kaiju project, so keep checking back !!!!