Japan’s art scene is known for having close ties with the design world. Several fine art photographers can also be found working alongside top models and high fashion brands. Consider how photographer Mika Ninagawa has directed feature length popular films, such as Helter Skelter. Or how the famed (and controversial) photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has teamed up with current ‘It Girl’ Kiko Mizuhara for Japanese brand Supreme.
Today we’d like to introduce an artist whose work can often be seen in store campaigns and catalogs for popular brands, crafting the cover art for J-Pop idols, in addition to working consistently with beloved comedian, Naomi Watanabe.
Yuni Yoshida is a Tokyo native. She attended Joshibi University of Art and Design, and in middle and high school was part of the college’s ladder program. She worked for a large design firm and famed designer and art director Nagi Noda before going her own way and becoming an independent creator in 2007.
Yoshida is known for her playful design aesthetic, creating luminescent illustrations using models and other everyday objects with signature pops of color and smart lines. One of the main themes of her work involves playing food: food is often used as a raw material for the blending of textures and colors, and also as a high fashion prop, as in her work with Naomi Watanabe.
Yoshida’s current exhibition, Peel, showcases the artist playing with some of her signature design motifs with a focus on fruit. Her images are clean, but full of humor and literally dripping in visual irony.
This will be showing close to Tokyo Station until the end of the weekend, May 19th. Take advantage of the coming exhibition and see it on your way in or out of the city, you won’t want to miss it!
Location: 〒100-0005 東京都千代田区丸の内１丁目５−１