Itsuo Kobayashi was born in 1962 and lives in Saitama prefecture.Â Since he was 18 years old he took the time to document each and every meal he ate. Using pen and ink he filled notebook after notebook with delicious-looking paintings. The bento boxes and ramen drawings often included the name, price and ingredients of each meal.Â The Japanese outsider artist and professional cook suffers from alcoholic neuritis and has difficulty walking.Â Often bed-ridden he still draws from memory relying mostly on food deliveries from restaurants or deliveries from his mother.
Mr. Kobayashi is represent by Kushino Terrace Gallery. There is a great interview with him on the website, Note.
Images: Courtesy of Itsuo Kobayashi and Kushino Terrace Gallery.
French artist Quentin Monge grew up on a beach in the south of France. After traveling and working in Australia, UK and Paris he decided to go back to Saint Tropez. His childhood under the sun of the french riviera in the inspiration for most of his work. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance illustrator for major companies.Â On an interview with Turnbull and Asser he says this about his work:
â€œMy work is minimalist. I pay a lot of attention on shapes and compositionsâ€”I love to work on patterns.â€
â€œIt seems that blue and pink are coming back quite often, but when it comes to colour choices I couldnâ€™t really explain it, it just feels right or not depending on the subject/composition. Itâ€™s very subjective.â€
More of his work can be found on his website, Behance and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Quentin Monge.
We donâ€™t know the full name of this Japanese illustrator but she does work under the brand, Morita MiW. We do know that she was born in Osaka, Japan and that she graduated from Osaka University of Arts.Â She started her brand in 2016 and has been illustrating and creating store logos, confectionery designs, stationery goods and textile. She has lived in Tokyo since the year 2000.
More of her work can be found on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Morita MiW.
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