It's been two years in the making but we can finally tell the UK all about the work of award-winning Japanese artist mirocomachiko (Miroco Machiko), whose lively animal paintings literally bring you to a standstill. With 15 rare new works, this will be the first time her work has been shown in the UK.
Born in Osaka and based in Tokyo, mirocomachiko ‘freely explores the living shapes of animals’ in her large scale paintings, drawings and sculptures. Celebrated throughout Japan where she has won many awards including the prestigious Japan Picture Book Award for her book Ōkami ga Tobu Hi (The Day the Wolf Flies) and public commissions including the windows (right) for the famous Isetan Christmas displays - think Japan’s version of Liberty of London.
mirocomachiko says of her work: “I can see colours from independent characteristics of animals, even from unknown wild animals or local stray cats. These are the colours that differ from the reality, which make living animals look more alive, and which make my heart always dance”.