Thursday, May 6, 2021
Home Curator’s Eye Quick Insight vol.3 - Jun Suzuki -

Quick Insight vol.3 – Jun Suzuki –

Jun Suzuki, who moved to Tokyo in his twenties and became a self-taught artist, draws his original characters straight from within himself and emphasizes the communication that occurs between the “artist and the viewer” through appreciation. We talked to him about his unique worldview, which he describes as “I want people to look inside my head,” and how he became an artist.

 


 

You use mainly ballpoint pens and draw in a very detailed style, don’t you? Can you tell us a little bit about your work?

I draw my work as if I’m letting the characters inside me out. No matter how much I draw, more and more characters come to me.

 

Friends
ballpoint pen on paper, 51.5 x 36.4cm

 

You started your career as an artist in your early twenties. How did you get started?

 

Actually, I came to Tokyo from Sendai in 2014, but I didn’t really have a plan. I had been working in a restaurant for a long time and just spent my days vaguely, but gradually I became clear that I wanted to do what I love. Then I asked myself, “What is it that I like? I thought, “Well, what do I like to do?” and I realized that it was drawing, so I decided to really try my hand at drawing.

 

Did you start your career immediately after coming to Tokyo?

 

No, at first I joined a design institute. I went to a course at night, about three times a week. But I didn’t have a specific reason as to why I chose to go there. It was just a vague feeling.

 

In the end, it was boring and I quit after six months. At that time, there was an art competition in Gentosha’s magazine, and I entered it. It was a ballpoint pen work, but it won a prize, and I thought, “Oh, it’s okay. It gave me confidence that even a ballpoint pen drawing would be accepted. That’s when I started my activities.

 

Jungle
ballpoint pen on paper, 29.7 x 21cm

 

 

What was the reason for using ballpoint pen?

It’s my favorite stationery, simple as that. I like the ease with which I can draw anywhere with just a pen and paper, and the fact that I can draw in detail.

 

Have you been drawing characters since you were a child?

Yes, I’ve been drawing original characters since I was in elementary school. It’s more like my own fantasy world, or characters from that kind of place.

I have models for people and things that appear on TV and in magazines, and I think I’ve probably reduced those things to my imagination.

 

You like Otomo-san, don’t you? Are there any other cultural influences?

I admire the French artist Mobius, who draws really cool things with just a pen. I also like the artists of Bandes dessinées.

 

Memories
Paper and ballpoint pen, 42 x 29.7cm

 

What about painters?

The best is Sato Makoto, and the other is Tsuguharu Fujita. I read his biography and was shocked. The way he lives, the way he thinks, everything about him is amazing.

 

Going back a little, you said that what you wanted to do was to draw. Why did you choose “drawing”?

I don’t think there is a clear reason, I’ve been drawing for a long time. Ever since I was a child, drawing has been a normal, everyday thing for me. I used to draw on the back of calendars, on the back of test papers, and so on. I feel like I’m still doing it now.

 

Face of a skull
Acrylic on canvas, 53 x 45.5cm

 

Do you have the same motivation to continue working as an artist?

I don’t think it’s changed. I draw what I like, and when I show my work to my friends, they are happy, and that makes me happy.

I think I want people to see what I like. I draw what I like, and let people see it. I want people to look inside my head.

I do it with a really simple feeling, like I want to be praised or I want people to enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Is there anything that has changed since you’ve been active?

For my works, I’ve been using more colors lately. I’ve always been a monotone artist, but I’ve been told by people around me that I should try using colors. Recently, I started using acrylic.

 

GOEMON
acrylic on canvas, 41 x 38cm

 

Last question, is there anything that you think might change in the future, or anything that you don’t want to change?

I hope that the fact that painting is fun will not change. On the contrary, I think that’s about it. I’m sorry to say that my thoughts on drawing are really only at the level of a junior high school student (lol).

But I’ve been drawing for a long time, and I’m still drawing now, and I don’t think the root of my work will change. I draw what I like and let people see it. It’s fun, and as long as people enjoy it, I think that’s all that matters. I want to be beautiful and have fun. That’s all.

 


 

Jun Suzuki
Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1991, Suzuki moved to Tokyo at the age of 23 and enrolled in Kuwasawa Design School. After dropping out of school, he applied for and was selected as a runner-up in the PONTOON “Costume Painting” Competition vol. 13, and started painting with a ballpoint pen, which had been his hobby, in earnest. He currently lives and works in Tokyo. Major exhibitions include “How Low?” (THE blank GALLERY, Tokyo, 2020) and “100 people 10” (Bakurocho Logs Building, Tokyo, 2020).

 

Shinzo Okuokahttps://www.tricera.net/
Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying Indian philosophy at university, she worked at a publishing company as a deputy editor of an art magazine and a shrine magazine, where she was involved in planning and editing magazines and books. 2019 she joined TRiCERA, a start-up company, where she was in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own on-demand media. He is also in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own owned media. He is a fast writer, and when he was working for a magazine, he was able to write 150 pages in a month by himself.

Most Popular

You Might Like

Exhibition to Support Passionate Young Artists in Tokyo

The 21st "1_WALL" Graphics Exhibition Installation View, "The 21st "1_WALL" Graphics Exhibition", 2019 ©️Guardian Garden Courtesy of Guardian Garden. Young artists are always...

At the newly opened art space “PARCEL”, there was a work on display that was somewhere between a sculpture and a painting.

Yusuke Komuta's solo exhibition "Space|aspec" at PARCEL The Installation view of "Space|aspec" (2019) by Yusuke Komuta at PARCEL Courtesy of the artist and...

Tokyo Young Art Scenes #001

1.A contemporary art gallery in the corner of a first-class hotel "MEDEL GALLERY SHU", located in the Imperial Hotel Plaza in Ginza, Tokyo,...

Reviews of Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2019

An exhibition showing current trends in contemporary art in Japan.     From June 5 to 20, the 13th edition of Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2019, one...

Clipy News: 3 Japanese Art News of the Week

Coronavirus is also affecting art fairs in Japan.     AiPHT (ART in PARK HOTEL TOKYO), a "hotel-based art fair", has announced the postponement of this year's...

Don't Miss

Yuna Okanishi: Finding Zen in Your Handwriting

"Calligraphy is not just about drawing lines, it's also about the space between the lines." Yuna Okanishi From a young age, Yuna Okanishi was...

The Louvre reopens on July 6. What are the current status, initiatives, and challenges?

 The coronavirus epidemic has caused major changes around the world. The art world is no exception and seems to have suffered a major economic...

The ephemeral art of dancing in the forest

 Fireworks, glass, cherry blossoms... The world is full of ephemeral things and objects. The world is full of ephemeral things and objects, and it...

Summer Scenery in Art 2020 – Summer Greeting, Part 1

What do you think of the summer landscape of 2020? Many of us have probably had to make some adjustments to the strange...

Feature Post

Is there color in black and white?-Focusing on pencil drawings and paintings

 In the 1560s, high quality graphite was discovered in the Borrodale mines in North Camperland, England.  The pencil was cut into long, thin strips, wrapped...

An Unexpected Versatile Actor; Abstract Painting at Home pt.2 (en translation)

Contrary to the prejudice often heard about abstract paintings that they are good for the walls of museums and galleries but not for...

A house of horrors with art? Halloween Edition

If you love the festivities of Halloween, you're probably disappointed that you can't party as much as usual this year thanks to the coronavirus....

Painting the beauty that lies beyond the crumbling form – Interview with Sameshoshi

Born in Tokyo in 1997, Samihoshi is a painter who graduated from Musashino Art University in 2020 with a major in oil painting. Since...

Editor's Choice