Today we feature yet another super talented artist from Japan, named Konatsu.
I’ve been so very fortune to have been able to have Konatsu participate in Max Toy shows, including a Kaiju Blue show, Kaiju Attack Barcelona Spain show and the Kaiju Comrades 2 show from this past March. It was at that show that I had the most brief meeting with Konatsu. Unlike other artists that day whose personalities took over the room, Konatsu was quite and unassuming … so much so that when my conversation was briefly interrupted with her, when i turned back to talk some more .. well, she was gone ! ;-P
Konatsu’s original works harken back to the traditional Japanese ink and brush techniques. However, as you can see by her body of work below, her designs also translate to a more graphic style as well. It’s rare that someone can move in and out of both worlds successfully while maintaining their personal vision and style… something Konatsu does with ease.
Konatsu’s brush and line work are sure and steady … for sure she is a Master with these tools. I have to say I’ve wanted to buy one of her works but each time without fail they sell within minutes of the shows openings ! Ah someday … ;-P
Her gallery work can been seen at the Japanese store, FEWMANY, a group exhibition at POPBOX, and various Design Festa shows in Japan.
Konatsu has published several picture books such as ‘PORTER’, ‘CAROL’, and ‘HIDAMARI-ASOBI (play in a sunny spot)’.
“One story for one character” is the main concept of Konatsu’ work.
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 ?
Answer: I draw arts that can be popular with men and women of all ages.
Q2: As a child, were you always interested in Art ?
Answer: Art is the only thing I have been interested in ever since from my childhood.
Q3: Did you go to Art school ?
Answer: I was attending a school of graphic design.
Q4: What kind of toys did you play with when you were growing up ? Any Kaiju ?!!
Answer: I played with my favorite Kaiju sofubi and collected some dinosaur cards.
Q5: Any last words you would like to say to the readers of this blog ?
Answer: I do appreciate your support for my works!
This awesome image of Kaiju Drazoran will be part of the Beauty and the Kaiju art show at Design Festa , West, Harajuku , Tokyo, Japan – Dec 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2010.
Giclee prints, signed by Konatsu 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 😉
And, for 2011, look for a special project collab between Max Toys and Konatsu !
I will post more interviews with the Women in the Beauty and the Kaiju project, so keep checking back !!!!