"I am active as an artist, illustrator, and writer. The basic pillars of each practice are pencils and colored pencil drawings as an artist; characters as an illustrator; light novels and poetry as a writer."
Imai Atsushi was born in 1973 in Japan and currently lives in Himeji City. He returned to painting in 2014 for the first time in 20 years and has been participating in art fairs around the world since 2017. The illustrations he draws are of female pop stars turned into characters. His practice also involves collaborative illustrations with Japanese anime as well as colored pencil and pencil drawing.
The colored pencil drawings focus on the theme of female homosexuality and bewitching, and the pencil drawings are based mainly on architectural landscapes.
All of Atsushi's pictures are conscious of ‘Japan’; women's fashion, gestures and makeup. "When drawing landscapes, I predict and draw places that are considered to be anime scenes, which are also the subculture that Japan represents."
There are two books published in 2019 in the UK where his pictures are published: "100 ARTISTS OF THE FUTURE" published by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine and "WORLD OF ART" published by World of Art Magazine. His work was in Contemporary Art Magazine Issue 8 Vol. 2, 2019. The former is an introduction of 100 artists selected by the publisher, and the latter is a magazine bearing the official mark of the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist