Fine Art Focus: Fumi Koike

by Grace Bonney

When Ana and I first started talking online about creating a fine art column, I discovered our shared love of Japanese art and design. She has introduced me to so many talented artists and makers from Japan already and I’m excited to share one of my favorites here today, Fumi Koike.

Fumi runs a blog (Google can do a rough auto-translation of the blog if you’re using Chrome) where she shares her latest illustrations, which have such a wonderful softness to them. I, of course, have a soft spot for how often her childhood dog shows up in her work, but what I love most of all is the way she can make scenes of everyday, contemporary life (complete with computer screens and smart phones) feel so quaint and pretty. Between her illustrations of daily┬ámeals, interiors and home and work life, I feel like I know what it would be like to walk into her (beautiful) world. Read on to learn more about her life and work so far. xo, grace

Artist: Fumi Koike
About: Fumi was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She graduated in 2007 with a fine art degree from Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She went on to study at the MJ Illustration School, also in Tokyo, and has since set up her own illustration practice in Saitama, Japan.
Work: Fumi’s illustrations often depict interiors, some of which are her actual home/studio and some of which are imagined or aspirational interiors. Fumi’s still-life illustrations share the same sense of welcoming comfort as her interiors, which often depict half-made beds and spaces that feel relatable, cozy and lived-in.
More: You can read Fumi’s blog here, follow her Flickr page here, follow her Facebook page here and check out her zine/book, Dog and Morning, here!

Portrait photo of Fumi by Artistic Moods, all additional photos from Fumi’s website.


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