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Art HERstory: Aya Takano


Art HERstory: Aya Takano

Art HERstory: Aya Takano

Sickness is a gift and a curse. Of course nobody likes to feel under the weather, but being home allowed me to resort back to one of my favorite childhood past times. To this day, there is nothing like curling up on the couch with a bowl of cereal to enjoy some grand old cartoons. As of lately I’ve paid a lot more attention to the characteristics of anime and other forms of Japanese art. The color, shapes, and over exaggeration of facial features and movement is like nothing we have here in the States. Aya Takano (1976 – ) took the components of anime and manga and molded them into her own pro-female paintings and drawings. Apparently she has made quite a name for herself, both stateside and abroad.

"Earth." This a perfect representation of what Aya's work is all about. The women are lounging in the atmostphere all nude and empowered and such. The ladies pictured are surrounded by various life forms found on Earth. It all makes sense: women, life, and mother Earth.

"Earth." This a perfect representation of what Aya's work is all about. The women are lounging in the atmostphere all nude and empowered and such. The ladies pictured are surrounded by various life forms found on Earth. It all makes sense: women, life, and mother Earth.

Aya was born in Saitama, Japan and received the Bachelor of Arts from Tama Art University in Tokyo. Her mediums of choice are inks and acrylics. Whether sketching or painting, Aya’s works often depict female heroines with the recognizable over-sized eyes and large heads. Many of her works also depict these women partially or totally nude. The colors are there as well. Her inspiration comes from Japanese anime and American science fiction.

"Noshi & Meg, on Earth, Year 2036." Women running rampant, doing what they want in the empty streets of Japan. If this isn't empowering for women I don't know what is!

"Noshi & Meg, on Earth, Year 2036." Women running rampant, doing what they want in the empty streets of Japan. If this isn't empowering for women I don't know what is!

Hard work definitely paid off for this chick. Her work landed her on the roster of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai KiKi. The guy is a freaking Japanese art guru. He is most famously known in the states for his $5,000 limited edition Louis Vuitton bags. I SO wanted one.

This is one of my favorite Takano works. The colors are cool. It looks like a still from a cartoon. She looks like a superhero of some sort. Oh yeah, the outfit is awesome too!

This is one of my favorite Takano works. The colors are cool. It looks like a still from a cartoon. She looks like a superhero of some sort. Oh yeah, the outfit is awesome too!

Kaikai KiKi was originally founded by Murakami to promote his work, but eventually grew into something much more powerful. The company evolved into a collaboration of like-minded artists looking to come together to promote their work. Mission accomplished! With Murakami as curator, how can your work NOT get recognized?

"A Night Walk - A Pink Moon Emerged." This sketch brings to mind a damsel in distress in a horror movie. I feel like a killer is about to jump into the frame at any minute. The large, dark eyes of the female, the pet bat, cloudy atmosphere, and pink moon all add to the dark mood of the photo.

"A Night Walk - A Pink Moon Emerged." This sketch brings to mind a damsel in distress in a horror movie. I feel like a killer is about to jump into the frame at any minute. The large, dark eyes of the female, the pet bat, cloudy atmosphere, and pink moon all add to the dark mood of the photo.

Aya began participating in the late 90s and still works to this day. Her eye popping displays of pop art are beautiful, creative, and politically driven to an extent. The empowerment of women is an obvious theme. Kick ass Aya!

"A Drive with A Night Dog." This drawing leaves a lot to the imagination. I love the drama you feel from just looking at the woman's face. I wonder what she sees in front of her.

"A Drive with A Night Dog." This drawing leaves a lot to the imagination. I love the drama you feel from just looking at the woman's face. I wonder what she sees in front of her.

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