Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

Buy Art For A Good Cause

Weather in New York is finally neither boiling hot or cold. So, come out to SOHO this Saturday afternoon, and buy art for a really good cause.
My good Japanese artist friends who live and work in New York, have spend months organizing this one night charity art show Dear Japan. All the proceeds will go to Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” (David has posted details earlier too).
170 illustrators and fine artists are participating in the show, and most of them are selling art for a fraction of what they normally sell them for. Everything for sale at the show is $200 for less. Yes, even an original Marshall Arisman print!

Dear Japan Illustration

my piece: Red Dot Meditation black and red ink on watercolor paper 10″ x 10″ framed

I took time off from jobs yesterday, and created a 10″ x 10″ drawing using black and red ink. Since it is not for print media, I have decided to make it all about different textures subtleness of which can only be seen if you are looking at it close enough. All the red dots that may seem like a computer generated pattern are drawn by hand using red ink one by one. This drawing is framed and ready to be on your wall. Hope someone can take it back home with him/her on Saturday night.

Dear Japan Illustration process


Dear Japan Illustration process 2

I have also picked some of my personal favorite from the show.  More exciting works can be seen (and purchased) at the show. Hope to see you on Saturday!


Art Connect New York Gallery Space: 491 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, New York 10012
June 4th, 2011, Saturday 4-8 PM
Purchase by cash or checks

more info on Dear Japan Blog: http://dearjapanny.wordpress.com/


Dear Japan 1

by Tiny Inventions


Dear Japan 2

Dominc Rapone silk screen


Dear Japan 3

Elena Wen


Dear Japan 4

Tomoko Sugimoto


Dear Japan 5

Will Varner


Dear Japan 6

Marshall Arisman


Dear Japan 7

Katherine Streeter


Dear Japan 8

Oliver Hibert


Dear Japan 9



Dear Japan 10

Keiko Tokushima


Dear Japan 11

Aya Kakeda


Dear Japan 12

Dufor Amelie