” Interview from Artpromotivate “

 

Writer : Graham Matthews
Original URL : http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/03/hiroko-sakai-contemporary-japanese.html


Artist Spotlight – Hiroko Sakai
Contemporary Japanese Artist from San Francisco, California, U.S.A.



Artist Introduction

I am an Artist, originally from Japan, and has been living and working in San Francisco.


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I am a painter. I am not sure what style is my art….. maybe you can tell from my website.
One thing I can say is my art is the ‘communication’. I am a Japanese who has problem to communicate in different language here some times. But through my art, I can express what I have inside freely and can connect to people’s heart.


Medium

I am an oil painter.

I used to work on my art with various mediums, such as air brush, pastel, tile mosaic, etc… but after all, I ended up captured by oil. I love oil.
I feel that Oil is the basis of paintings.
When I paint in Oil, I feel as though I’m sharing inspirations with old masters. And the slow dry process of Oil gives me plenty of time to communicate with my canvas, giving me time to think as much as I need.

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Technique

I am a self taught artist, so I do not know if I have any technique to boast to the world*
Humm…. but on the other hand, since I did not learned my art from outside, I can say all my art comes from my inside.
If you have some time, please take a peek at here > About Hiroko Sakai


Themes

The theme of my art is… I think ‘Life’. All what I get through, all what I feel… in my life can be the theme of my art.


Why do you create art?

Because I live and exist.


How often do you create?

Except the time I am sleeping, eating, taking bath, etc…??
Oh, but art marketing takes a lot of my time, like this* but still typing my keyboard, new images are going on in my mind.


Influences

My Art is often compared with Salvador Dali’s because of melting clock, but honestly, I have not seen Dali’s work so much…. one of my true inspirations is from Frida Kahlo for her naked expression of her emotions in her life, also I like Norman Rockwell’s way to express life in humorous and intellectual way. I feel the depth of life from his works while his painting surface are… what you call… easy going?

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Do you make a living with your art?

I am trying….


What is your favourite two methods of art promotion?

Facebook is one of the main places right now. It is also comfortable for me who sometimes have hard time with the conversation of talking English. Exchanging short English words with my fans, I can show them my messages widely.
Also, I have started becoming more serious to express about my art on my blog… Hiroko Sakai Blog I kind of started taking interest in writing which I used not to be a big fan before. The good part of them is Medusa, Medusa art, Medusa painting, Medusa face, snake painting, myth art, sexy woman painting, stylish artwork, beautiful woman's face, Medusa fine art painting, fantasy artMedusa, Medusa art, Medusa painting, Medusa face, snake painting, myth art, sexy woman painting, stylish artwork, beautiful woman's face, Medusa fine art painting, fantasy artI can get direct responses from many different kind of people from all over the world.


Recommend a contemporary artist…

My goal is Royo.
His theme of art is totally different from mine, but I am stuck in his art since I saw his work at my first sight on his book. The light and shadow on his works are overwhelming.


Three words that describe Hiroko Sakai

A trouble maker


Please tell us something interesting in your life

The biggest thing is that I am a Japanese artist in San Francisco. I myself had never imagined that I would end up to San Francisco as a single mom artist.
It is a long story…To get here, I had got through so many black comedies, such as international marriage, domestic violence,San Francisco Asian Women’s shelter life….I hope you have some time to take a peek at my story.
> About Hiroko Sakai


Where do you see yourself as an artist 10 years from now?

10 years from now? I even do not know ifI am still alive…
I am living"today" with my art every Japanesque, Japanese art, Asian art, zen, meditation painting, Buddhism monk painting, Japanese garden, temple, buddhism painting, spiritual painting, inspiration, Buddhism monk, prayer for world peacedays.


Advice for Emerging and Upcoming Artists

Whatever other people say, you know your art the best. If your art is not accepted, it is just because they are different.
I can not explain well in English, but there are as many people as the number of the stars on the sky, so you just need to find people who have the same inspirations as yours.

 

 

Hiroko Sakai – Surreal Oil Paintings

Art Website – Hiroko Sakai Fine Art
Twitter – hirokosakai
Facebook – Hiroko Sakai Fine Art on Facebook

 

This is just one of several videos that Hiroko has
at Youtube of her inspiring artworks. To find more,
please search for Hiroko Sakai in the Youtube search bar.

 

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” Eyes in my paintings “

 

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Before, I did not think about it.
In Japan, I’d never painted eyes. They started coming on my canvases here in San Francisco.  

Moving here alone, leaving my own country, family and friends, was not always so much fun. Life and customs are different. Language is like a math form, and from time to time, I feel I’m going to become lost where I am.

One day, my mother in Japan gave me these words:
"Everybody comes to be born in this world alone, and when we finish our time, everybody leaves this world alone again."

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I mean, all of the things I see and feel in this world around me are just coming out from inside of me, depending on my state of mind. And now, I found that those eyes in my paintings are my own eyes after all. It is just like, when you read a novel, you follow the eye of the main character, and the other characters are all just gushing out to make the context of his story.
It opened my eyes to have learned that I could control my life better simply by changing my own viewpoint.

Now, I feel like I have two ‘mes’ in my life. one is what is actually struggling in this life in my body, and the other is watching that me from above. When I get trapped in strong emotions, I talk with my other eye which is observing and tells me that it is not that hard from its objective view.

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I know that my art is very emotional, but I can express my emotions on my canvas so strongly because I borrow from what my other objective eye is watching about me.

I also feel the power that is always watching and leading me from above. My appreciation for the connection with the power always make me feel humble, and I love that feeling.

 


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” Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family “

 

Time flies…
I feel like I’ve started painting the illustratoins for this Panda story, "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family", just a couple of weeks ago.
But it’s actually 6 months had already passed!

Now, "Okin" is coming out to the world making this colorful book with more than 30 illustrations which I’ve created for this book.
Isn’t it gorgeous? *smile*

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"Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family"

 

The story is about a little blue panda bear named Okin, who was ‘different’ from other panda friends. And getting through some heartwarming happenings, Okin eventually finds his place and a new family where he can be really happy being as what he is.

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Jeff Lutes, who is the author of "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family", is a licensed sychotherapist, writer, public speaker, and social justice advocate in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association for Relationship Research, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling, the Council on Contemporary Families, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

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I am a believer in the third sex.
While homosexuality often has hard time to be accepted in some societies, I have to say that we could not forget that those non-sense custom was built mainly by the influence from religions. Before them, in the ancient cities that had built high advanced cultures such as ancient Rome, homosexuality was rather regarded as noble form of love.
Even in Buddhism, we Japanese has a famous story, " Chigo no sora ne- 稚児のそら寝", which shows Buddhism monks had some little boy in their temples with them for their sexual needs. I remember that I have learned this custom in a class at my junior high school.

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What the Science says and Doesn’t say – About Homosexuality by Jeff Lutes

What the Bible says anddoesn’t say – About Homosexuality by Mel White

Anyway, in this Art world in San Francisco, I’ve been blessed with the chances to work with gay people. Most of them are wonderful business people who have keen sense of beauty, detail oriented and they are generally very romantic and sweet.
I love gay people.

 

Meanwhile, one of other main themes of this book was "Sign Language".
It was my first interesting challenge to create a hand sign list.

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Here is the process of creating this chart. Click thumbnails to view lager images.

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1. draw painting base line 2. paint hands 3. paint back
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4. scan all hands 5. extract each hands 6. make a grid by illustrator
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7. copy grid on photoshop 8. inlay hands 9. add back
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10. add alphabets 11. hide grid 12 add frame line

 

"Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family" has some quize pages in the end of the story where you can learn sign language playing with fun activities.
Let’s practice sign language alphabet and challenge the quize!

 


 

 

You can now order this fabulous book online.
Please visite Hiroko Sakai Fine Art Online Shop/ books / "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family"
Each books from my website comes with my hand signature.

 

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Thank you~*

 


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” Painting blue sky in a fine day “

 

I have painted this blue sky painting for the back image of my coming Panda book looking the sky of San Francisco from my window.

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Here is how I painted this sky.
Click the images to see larger images.

 

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1. paint sky base 2. draw out lines of the clouds with the shadow color 3. add white
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4. blending with soft fine brush after blending
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5. add high light 6. blend again finish!

 

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"Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family"
is coming with this blue sky painting in the beginning
of October 2011! Please stay tuned~*

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” Life “

 

I can not believe that it has already passed 10 years since I started my new life in San Francisco. Anyhow, this decade was a surreal storm to me.


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This painting,

"Slough – What I’ve left behind the fence to survive in this strange city…"

I have painted this piece around the time when the SF zoo tragedy happened on the Christmas day 2007.  

 

At that day,
My daughter and I were visiting the zoo, and we had left the zoo just before half an hour when the tiger attack happened.

Here is a video about the news;


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I had been so traumatized with this shocking incident that I had kept chasing the news for a while… And after all, I realized that I might have had got through the same place as the tiger… being stuck in very different world from her own one and as soon as she behaved as what she was, she got killed…

But I have survived in this totally strange city San Francisco…

It is because I had chosen to adjust myself to this new life throwing my ‘fur’ away leaving behind the fence before I got out there…

If you are curious about my black comedy, please take a peek at this page
-> ” A life path why I’ve ended up to be in San Francisco “

 

Anyway, I am here now.

Today is always the first day of the rest of my life. I just keep living this life.

 

 


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