Yusuke Hanaiís pared-down graphic style features recognizable slacker characters caught in moments at once humorous and poignant. Hanaiís practice spans painting, drawing, and sculpture. The artist counts the Grateful Dead album art of Rick Griffin among his early inspirations; he is enamored with an array of cultural styles related to the American West Coast, including Beat writers like Jack Kerouac, surf culture, and 1960s San Francisco counterculture aesthetics. Hanai moved to the United States to study art before returning to his native Japan. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo, among others, and has collaborated with brands that include Vans, Burton, ACME Furniture, and more.
Tatsuhiro Ide, better known as TIDE, has risen to international prominence for his pared-back monochromatic compositions that depict the exploits of the artistís trademark character, a cartoon-like cat. TIDE often depicts this alter ego snuggled up or sitting grumpily in a cat bed with arms crossed ŗ la Garfield. TIDEís settings are richly detailed, resembling childhood bedtime story books or the hand-drawn backgrounds of vintage cartoons. He also uses a variety of techniques to construct his paintings, from gestural spray paint to rough brushstrokes to soft airbrush sheens. He has exhibited in New York City, Tokyo, Seoul, and London, among other cities.
Ayako Rokkakuís exuberant paintings, which feature cartoonish characters adrift in rainbow-tinged fields, have won her fans across the globe. The self-taught Japanese artist usually paints with her bare hands, giving her Superflat-esque figures and color schemes a rougher edge. Her chosen surfaces range from canvases to pieces of cardboard and vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases. Rokkaku began painting in 2002 and her big break arrived in 2006, when she was awarded the prestigious Akio Goto Prize at Kaikai Kikiís Geisai art fair. Since then, she has exhibited at galleries in Paris, Tokyo, and Amsterdam, and in 2015, she participated in the Swatch Art Pavilionís Open Studio at the Venice Biennale. Her work regularly fetches six-figure prices on the secondary market. Rokkakuís raucous compositions reflect her love for the unbounded freedom and energy of childhood.