sakirhythm – Saki Murakami at Gallery 219, Tokyo
Saki Murakami is a Japanese illustrator with an enthusiastic total commitment for the figures she draws. The presented illustrations are the latest effort and the result of the commixture between the recent pop culture features and the passion for details. The picture seem to skip from a pure graphic approach to the figures to an attempt to look like a sort of contemporary engraving. The curiously-shaped elements on paper are drawn with an oil-based ink pen and alternate a sense of candid naivety to a deep dark threat hidden in the texture or the fantasy creatures who interact with the observer or the avatar of the artist. The influences come from artits like Alfons Mucha and Junji Ito, creates personal shady fairy tales born from her own reminiscences. Through the evocative titles of the artworks, Murakami spots some suggestions as the keys of the interpretation.
Saki Murakami lives and works in Tokyo. She has already shown in many national collectives. This is her first solo exhibition.
Saki Murakami, sakirhythm at Gallery 219, Tokyo, through June 16, 2014