Kaoruko is modern Japanese artist that I would place (rightly or wrongly) in the
Superflat movement. I really love her playful themes, colors and
her girls just being girls. Here is how she described her work in an
My portrayals of women are of scenes where one would reveal to another
woman, but never to a man. Portraits of a woman sitting in a toilet or
playing video game in their underwear, the situations are various, but no
matter how close one may be to a man, these situations are never ever
revealed to the opposite sex. The drawings are of every day life, almost
something you do subconsciously when a woman is alone or with another
woman. Itís like peeping in to that scene.
This is my Favorite Painting by Kaoruko (Tokyoko 2007)
Here's her bio from the same article. Kaoruko also make animations
and some wonderful
objects too. There are also a few more examples of her work on
Kaoruko, known artistically as TOKYOKO, a fresh face from Japan's
exciting young art scene asks her viewer's the question - "In a city
like Tokyo, what kind of life style do most women live?" In Japan,
women are expected to fulfill the Japanese ideal figure with a
beautiful, modest and gentle manner. But is it their real style?
Through her paintings, drawings and sculptures, TOKYOKO wants to show
the real world of the Tokyo Girl we only see behind closed doors.
Formerly a teen Pop-Star, and her imagery is widely known in Tokyo's
young art and pop scene. In addition to her exhibitions of artwork, she
has produced music videos for top selling artists, created animated
characters and titles for hit Japanese television shows on Nippon
Television and Television Tokyo and in 2004, TOKYOKO produced and
directed the independent short film "Indie Wars" for Nippon Television.