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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artists: Shibuya Girls Pop: Pop Art from Japan

1 May

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Shibuya Girls Pop is an artist collective comprised of artists who live in Japan, and specialize in “cute,” and have made a business of it over the years. In the U.S. , SGP is represented by Sweets Streets, whom I’ve worked with on many projects as part of Bubble Punch. I am very lucky to have five of the artists from the collective contribute new work for Bunnies and Bows!

Akira Ebihara

Akira Ebihara’s work features soft, whispy lines, and rosy cheeked girls. Her style is ultra feminine, and is an instant favorite of anyone who likes girly things! I was familiar with Ebihara’s work from seeing it all over Japan when I was living there. It was almost subversive, because you would often see her illustrations used for magazine articles, then again in department stores as part of signage, and again on the train in an advertisement. I was really pleased when I finally found out the name of the artist whose work I’d been seeing everywhere!

Residing in Tokyo, Akira Ebihara became a freelance illustrator in 2004. She primarily draws illustrations for magazine covers, women’s magazines, books, and commercial media for women ranging from teens to adults. Her illustrations have been highlighted in international design and magazines. Akira began exhibiting overseas in 2010 with SWEET STREETS.

Ebihara's finished work or Bunnies & Bows!!! SO adorable!

Tea Time, 2011
Digital Print (limited edition)
11.7” x x8.3”


eimi (one word, not capitalized..!) is a very unique artist, with a style that is extremely high in texture and soft diluted colors. eimi’s characters often look smug or annoyed, which I really enjoy. eimi has appeared in the U.S. several times for live paintings, and it is really wonderful to see her work in progress! She’s an incredibly nice and cheerful girl, and most recently came to LA to do a live painting for the Magical Girls’ exhibition opening on April 1st. I was very happy to meet her!

eimi's past work

Her work for Bunnies & Bows is going to be a great hit!

Eimi illustrates cute girls who are always bright and happy. Sometimes they feel like doing mischief and feel anxiety about eating too much, expressing the many emotions of girls. Eimi evokes this emotion with a glaring pop style that she calls “pink science.” Her artwork is a combination of mixed media, using mainly acrylic, watercolors, and paper collage in a monochromatic palette.

eimi's progress photo of her "Bunnies & Bows" work!

Kayo Tamaishi

I really love Kayo’s work! Her pieces always emote s sort of surface-level simplicity, but then is subversive in

My favorite of Kayo's past work. Under the sea ❤

Kayo's past work.

its details. If you look at any of her work, it always seems like it’s just a picture of a sweet girl, but when you look at the smaller characters and objects around the main figure, you can see she has ulterior messages in her work. If you look at her blog (link above), she often posts her work followed by many photos of the things that inspired it. Right now she’s very into flowers since spring has just come to Japan.

Kayo Tamaishi was born in 1980 and raised in Yokohama, Japan. Kayo’s work includes water painting, book cover design, magazine illustration, T-shirts design,design of CDjacket,Advertisement,Poster, Live painting,and more.Eyes of girls whom she draws are impressive and attractive.Pleasure, sadness, happiness, solitude, and various secrets are included in the eyes.All girls whom she draws are cute and fashionable. They are always casual, and enjoying that she is a woman. Kayo started activity except Japan such as L.A. from 2010.

Kayo's finished work for Bunnies & Bows!

Thousands of Prayer Bows, 2011
Color pencils, color pens
11” x 14”


NICO's past work

I am so pleased to be able to have NICO as part of the Bunnies & Bows show. I am a huge fan of hers, and have been since I was introduced to her work while living in Japan. Her work, like Ebihara’s, is extremely prevalent in every media outlet in Japan, and I would often see her work on

NICO's Past work. One of my favorites by her!

buildings, at stores, and in magazines. Her extremely graphic style is cool and pleasing to the eye, and she mainly works in digital format only. However, for Bunnies & Bows, I am so excited to announce that NICO will be producing an original painting for the show, something that is extremely rare for her as an artist! Usually she only does digital prints on canvas. Anyone who is a fan of NICO’s work should definitely come and see it in person!

NICO began illustrating at a young age professionally in 2001.  Her modern pop artwork is gaining international popularity, having designed many CD albums, characters, magazine designs for Vogue Nippon, GQ, Loreal, Mattel, and Paperchase stationary. She is based in Japan, UK, and exhibits worldwide. 

Yuki Takahashi

Yuki's past work

Yuki Takahashi works in a very soft style with watercolors and and a lack of black lines despite the graphic quality of her work. Yuki’s work is very whimsical, and often takes the idea of gravity for granted, usually featuring free floating objects, or with a lot of movement present in the character’s features, the objects around them, or the background images.

Her work for Bunnies & Bows combines all of these elements, and is sure to be a show stopper at the gallery!

Yuki Takahashi’s artwork came to the attention of Tokyo art fans when she designed the back cover of Japanese art magazine “Design No Genba [The Scene Of The Design]” in the Liquitex illustration contest in 2008. She is a traditional illustrator

working with a variety of medium such as acrylic gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils to make her artwork colorful and pop. She is a recipient of the CWC Chance-Ten Finalist Award.

Yuki's in-progress photo of her work for Bunnies & Bows!