Kyoko Emura's work is inspired by French and Japanese Culture

Kyoko Emura is a talented illustrator and graphic designer based in London and Paris. Kyoko was born in Japan to a french mother and Japanese father. Kyoko's dual heritage is a central theme of her work she creatively weaves French and Japanese cultural references into her work creating deep multilayered intellectual art pieces.

Kyoko describes her work in her own words: 

I am inspired by Japanese tales such as "The tongue-cut sparrow" which talks about being greedy, the short story by Oscar Wilde "The Nightingale and the Rose" which is about sacrifice (and always makes me cry). And also the poem "The Clock" by Baudelaire which is about time, and I feel is very powerful.

When I'm drawing, I always try to get straight to the point. My illustrations are kind of minimalist, but they are always telling a story. I don't draw with a lot of details because it's a feeling I want to share not a story and I am happy when people understand that.

For me, drawing is the easiest way to express what I see, what I feel. I am better with lines, dots, or written words. I have been often asked, if for example, my ladies series was a self portrait, a friend's story, or fiction. I have to admit it is a self portrait. This feeling of being alone, of oppression, but at the same time some freedom through those illustrations itself.

I like when people can feel the poetic essence in it, this mysterious touch. But in what way is it French and Japanese then ? I guess by the sincerity, and the nervousness that you see, and especially the "odd" side that always comes out. I love drawing naked women in an unexpected situation.

What I want to achieve every time I'm drawing is this feeling of an inner battle.
It isn't "cute" or "nice", even it's always okay to hear that, the stories behind them are stronger. However the colours I am using may lighten the mood.

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