Category Archives: Paintings

Hiroyuki Yamada


Admiring these water-themed paintings of Japanese illustrator Hiroyuki Yamada.  A member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society he started his career in a design office and became a full-time illustrator in 1990.  His tools of trade are acrylic gouache, brush, easel, oil-based ballpoint pen, Mac, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  Besides being a freelance illustrator the artist is also chairman of an illustration training course.

We like his work so much that we will probably feature this artist again.  Meanwhile you can view more of his designs on Tokyo Illustrators Society, Behance and Facebook.


Images:  Courtesy of Hiroyuki Yamada.

Soichiro Tomioka (1922-1994)


Soichiro Tomioka is an abstract Japanese painter of the twentieth century, born in 1922 in Takada city in Niigata Prefecture.  The artist specializes in the world of black and white consistently used a paint he developed, called Tomioka White, to paint the snowy lands of both Japan and international locales.  He says this of his work:

“At the root of my “white world”, there is a spirit of nostalgia for my snow country. My “white world” was to discover and express the mysterious beauty of white through the journey and pilgrimage of the snowy country.”


Images:  Courtesy of Soichiro Tomioka Estate.

Santiago Salvador Ascui

Love these colorful patterns of assembled figures and faces created by Chilean artist Santiago Salvador Ascui.  The figures are arranged in sequences with the focus on hues instead of the narrative.  The artist holds a Fine Arts degree and has exhibited widely in Chile and Europe.

You can view more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Santiago Salvador Ascui.