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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m Inori Kito. I am a Japanese painter and illustrator in Tokyo. I am from Shizuoka prefecture in Japan where I grew up in a place surrounded by mountains. When I was young I always played with small insects and picked flowers. I was playing with natural creatures while imagining my height reduced to insect size. This was the root of “little people” featured in my work, which is the style of my painting.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Tension-y lines and humor are important.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

For Illustration work, sketches, etc., I use a calligraphy pen and thin pen. For original artworks, I use the pigment of Japanese traditional paintings. It is chinese ink, natural mineral pigment, Japanese paper etc. Painting materials made of natural materials gives me power. Tension feeling that it can not be modified once drawing is also good.


4. What is your artistic process like?

In illustration drawing at work, I choose the optimal painting material and drawing method according to the contents of work. Depending on the content of the work, the process is also flexible. The process in the original work is always decided.
First, decide the motif to draw. Then I will buy some fruits and flowers, or sketch at the botanical garden. When I am engrossed in the sketch of a motif, a dwarf will appear from nowhere. And they are gnawing fruits, climbing flowers, playing with motifs. While being careful not to surprise the small people, I will sketch. After that, we transfer the sketch to Japanese paper with tracing paper and chako paper. Then, I concentrate and draw an ink line. Finally it is complete with coloring with paint.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Picture ideas are inspired by animals, plants, everyday life etc. The style of painting is often affected by Japanese paintings of the Muromachi Period, alternative comics, picture books and the likes.


6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

What I see, I feel, everything leads to my art. Art is my life itself.


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7. Where did you study?

At Kyoto Art and Design University, I studied traditional Japanese paintings.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years later, I am 32 years old. I would be happy if I published a lot of picture books. I want to do a lot of work in foreign countries.


9. What about in ten?

After ten years, I am 37 years old. I would like to challenge not only painting but also space design, sculpture, animation etc. I wish to have a big studio. I may live in places that isn’t in Japan.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I would like to make a theme park. My work becoming a sightseeing spot, becoming an archaeological site after a long time. It is fun to imagine.


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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Fresh sea urchin, salmon roe, raw meat, raw fish, raw vegetables, fried chicken.
I like wild foods that feels like life.


12. Favourite book?

I like Haruki Murakami and Richard Brautigan .


13. Favourite genre of music?

I like progressive rock. (pink floyd, penguin cafe orchestra, yes, etc.)

プログレッシブ・ロックが好きです。(ピンクフロイド、ペンギンカフェオーケストラ、イエス など)

14. What are your hobbies?

Walking, playing with pet rats and playing the guitar.


15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

It is difficult to imagine. I might be a guitarist.


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