By MICHELLE LEWIS-KAMP, Associated Press – NEW YORK (AP) With her blonde locks falling into place, Japanese artist Suho Katoi pulls out a pencil and starts drawing a new face for a painting of a smiling woman.
The Japanese art form of drawing faces has long been practiced in Japan but its popularity in the United States is growing.
Katoia’s new face was created in her native Tokyo.
Katsura Sato, a professor of Japanese art at the University of California, Los Angeles, said she was drawn to Suho’s paintings, which she describes as “like the Japanese of yesteryear” and “very modern.”
“I love to do something in my own style,” she said.
“Suho Katelli’s paintings are full of life.
They have so many layers and details.”
Katoia has become known as a “soul-thief” in Japan and in the U.S. due to her use of Japanese, Buddhist and Buddhist art to explore her emotions.
She draws the work with a brush and the words “I love you” written on the paper as her inspiration.
Katoi’s latest work, “Suho-tai,” is part of a new exhibit at the New York Public Library titled “Beautiful and Beautiful Things,” which includes works by Japanese artist Kato Yagami, a master at painting faces.
In a blog post on Friday, the New Jersey-based artist said the exhibit was created “to help raise awareness of the beauty of the human face and to show people the beauty in life.”
The artist, who goes by the nickname “Suki,” was born in Tokyo in 1959.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University at Buffalo and is a member of the Japan-U.
S Artists’ Alliance, a coalition of artists, including Kato, who work to help promote their cultures and traditions abroad.
Suki also draws on her native Japan and Japanese Buddhist art.
In a 2012 interview with the New Yorker, she said that while her artistic influences are in Japanese Buddhism, she also draws from art of other cultures.
While drawing a face is a part of Suho and her Japanese art, she says she draws it out of life and emotion.
I like to draw the human figure and I try to express what it’s like to be human.
She says her aim is to make faces that capture and communicate something about herself.
The New York gallery shows only three of Suki’s paintings so far, all of which are in the “beautiful” category.
In one of them, a smiling girl with curly hair and long red nails is seen walking down the street.
Another painting, which Suki says shows a mother and her daughter, looks at the camera, holding hands and smiling.
Another painting, the one that was on display at the exhibit, depicts a woman holding a baby.
The baby is in her arms and she smiles.
At a recent exhibition in Los Angeles she painted a face for the exhibition, called “Hands of a Mother,” that is very similar to the face she paints for her work.
For her latest work the artist, now in her 50s, has been inspired by Japanese art and Buddhist tradition.
‘Hands’ Suki said her focus is to get the “right balance” between art and emotion and to give people a deeper understanding of the face and what it means to be alive.
Her work often features characters of the living dead, people who have been buried alive or who have died.
Art has been a way to capture a feeling or a emotion, she explained.
The artwork often has a spiritual element to it.
“When I look at the human form, I like to think that this is a sacred place,” she wrote.
When I paint a face, I just think, I have to have something to say about this.
It is my way of letting people know that I am alive.
I don’t want them to think I’m just a face.
I want to give them a sense of who I am and what I want from life.