Thursday, May 14, 2015


Solo Exhibition RUN TO THE HILLS 

Grace Gallery, Seattle

Thursday, May 14, 5-9pm // 400 E Pine St. Suite 215

Please cone say hi Seattle! Event info below:


In the wake of Sakura-Con, Comicon and Mr. at SAAM, Seattle’s resident Japanese pop-art painter Yumiko Kayukawa will be a highlight for the May 14th Capitol Hill Art Walk. We’ll host an artist reception with book signing and Q&A open to the public from 5-9 pm.
Having taken a local hiatus while showing throughout the U.S. and internationally, Kayukawa is excited to show in the neighborhood she now calls home. “I love Capitol Hill Artwalk!” says Kayukawa. “Grace Gallery has given me a special way to share my work with my neighborhood and catch up with friends and fans.”

“Run to the Hills,” the show’s title, is not only a nod to the show’s location but also a wink at the Iron Maiden reference. Kayukawa’s fascination with rock & roll, Japanese and American pop culture, as well creatures big and small is reflected in the playful and at times transformative stories she creates in her wild kingdom. 

Beautiful faces and exotic animals painted in flawlessly flat comic book style draw the viewer in to find tiny bugs, jewelry, tattoos and intricate Japanese motifs. Some pieces like “Scream,” challenge the viewer to reconcile the beauty and style of the work with the sorrow of the narrative. The show will include paintings, prints, toys, books and more.

Yumiko Kayukawa grew up in the small town of Naie in Hokkaido, Japan. In those pristine, natural surroundings, she found her love of animals and nature, which later became an important theme of her work. Kayukawa¹s debut as an artist was with a Manga feature when she was just 16. She later attended and graduated from Bisen Art School in Sapporo, Japan.
Kayukawa’s U.S. career was launched in Seattle nearly 15 years ago where she began selling out her shows. Her career has expanded throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has lived in Seattle, Washington since 2005.

Grace Gallery is a non-profit gallery that connects artists with a broader community. Yumiko Kayukawa’s artwork can also be viewed by appointment through June.
Gallery Contact: Heidi Hansen

Yumiko Kayukawa

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Yumiko Kayukawa's newsletter for Spring 2015.

Group Exhibition

CHG Circa

Culver City, CA

March 14 - April 11, 2015

Opening reception - Saturday, March 14, 2015,  7-10pm

Image above: "Everybody's Home" 14x22 in. Acrylic on Linen
Inquire HERE 


Glass, Cinder & Thorns
All Female Artist Group Exhibition

Inner State Gallery
Detroit, MI

March 20, 2015 - April 25
Opening Reception March 20th, 7-10 pm

Image Above: "Taro The Dragon Boy"
8x12 in. Acrylic on Linen


2015 is The Fun Year

Fun events are coming up in L.A., Seattle,
and more in 2015. Stay tuned!
Copyright © *|2015|* *|Yumiko Kayukawa|*, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Thank you for your warm support in 2014. Happy new year!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


New limited edition print "Appetite" is now on sale from 1XRUN! This print will be only available until September 17th. For purchase a copy, please visit 1XRUN website.

新作限定プリント「食欲ーAppetite」が1XRUN より発売になりました。9月17日までの発売です。お買い求めは、1XRUN のサイトで。

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


New show "HINOEUMA - Year of The Fire Horse" is opening tomorrow at Foley Gallery in NY. Please drop by for enjoy my new work. More detail HERE.

個展「ひのえうま - Year of The Fire Horse」は、明日よりニューヨークのFoley ギャラリーで開催されます。詳細はこちらからどうぞ。

"HINOEUMA - Year of The Fire Horse" 

Friday, May 9, 2014


I will be participating in 2 charity events tomorrow.
one of them is the Seattle Humane Society's Taxes & Tails. This fundraiser includes a auction. I donated my book "Japanese Wolf", and an original painting "Mama". The event is sold out, but you can still bid from home HERE.

Seattle Humane Society's Taxes & Tails
May 10, 2014
Bid From Home

The other event is Leonna Lin's Wonderland & Supahcute presents "Doggie Wonderland" group art show benefitting for Ken-Mar Rescue in California. I donated 2 of the books also with sign & illustration. I drew a Ken-Mar rescued dog in each book, there is a little story about this HERE

Doggie Wonderland at Leonna Lin's Wonderland
An art benefit for Ken-Mar Rescue
Opening event: Sat, May 10th/ 6-10pm
Show run: May 10 - June 29, 2014

For both events, all profits will be donated for each groups. Please join for homeless pets!

一つは、地元の動物保護団体 Seattle Humane Society の恒例行事、Tuxes & Tails。オークションを始めとした、募金目的のイベントです。こちらに、サイン&イラスト入りの画集「Japanese Wolf」と、原画「ママ」を寄付しました。イベントのチケットは完売してしまいましたが、こちらからオークションに参加することができます。

もう一つは、Leonna Lin's WonderlandSupahcute主催による、 カリフォルニアの動物保護施設 Ken-Mar Rescue のためのアート展「Doggie Wonderland」。こちらには画集を2冊、同じくサイン&イラストを入れて寄付しました。それぞれに犬のイラストを描きましたが、その時のプチエピソードはこちら


Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I had an interview with Evelync Magazine from Indonesia for their 5th issue "Animal". English translation in below.

You can download Evelync Magazine issue #5 "Animal" from HERE.

インドネシアのEvelync Magazineから、動物への思いについて、インタビューを受けました。以下に英訳を表示します。

「動物」がテーマのEvelync Magazine 第5号は、こちらからダウンロードできます。 


English translation:

1. Before we go to the main point of this interview, would you please
introduce yourself and tell us a bit of what you've been doing

I was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I grew up in a very small town, where population of about 6,000. I moved to Sapporo, the capitol of Hokkaido after high school to go to an art school. I started to show my artwork in the U.S. since 2001, and moved to Seattle since 2005. I am working for a gallery show in NY right now.

2. Would you please tell us how you got interested in digital illustration
for the first the first time and how was the beginning of your carrier
in this industry?

All my artwork is painted done with brushes with acrylic, not digital. That's only way I know how to paint. Painting and drawing is always my biggest passion since I was a little child. I was painting and drawing whole my life but I couldn't find a chance to introduce my work to the public in Japan. When I was late 20s, one of my friend from the U.S. suggested to try a gallery in the U.S. So I did and my painter's career started.

3. What inspires you the most?

My inspiration comes from every directions. I love animals, music and movies, good story of films or lyric of a song are always inspiration. And anything happens in my life or any word someone said. Politics, sports or martial art etc... the world is giving me ideas everyday. But recently, I am inspired more and more by animals and natures. 

4. How about your works which are very relatable with Japanese
culture, can you please explain it to us?

Well, I'm a Japanese :) This culture is in my blood. But I enjoy it more since I moved to the U.S., because I can see it more clearly from the outside. I keep discovering things I didn't see before. 

5. Would you please tell us about animals and women that are always
represented on your work?

One of the reasons is that animals and women are my favorite things to draw. Every animals is beautiful, it's always fun to work on their colors and details. Like many little girls with a passion to draw pretty girls or princesses, I was a girl like them and I still have that passion today. I always enjoy draw girls, many times with a fashion style that I love. But also, they are actually a symbol of my thoughts about the relationship between human and nature. Humans and nature always have a effect on each other, no matter where we live.  

6. What do you think about saving endangered animal efforts?

I have a strong feeling about this. Since we are a part of the nature, we have to try to find the way to share the world with animals. I am from Japan and live in the U.S. now. Both advanced nations are consumers of the world. There are many things here you can buy from all over the world. But here are many other countries that people have a narrow choice. Unfortunately some of them have to sell what they have to survive - nature and animals. It's really difficult to fix both situations. But "the buyers" responsibility is to know what is going on behind scenes and think about every purchase. Unfortunately, for some people it's a hobby to own wild animals as a pet. I am strongly against owning wild animals. Because they should live in wild, not in a cage. They have their jobs in nature, and nature needs them. They were created that way, not for human's company. Also I'm against killing animals for body parts. I'm even against any entertainment with wild animals, such as circus or zoo. If "the buyers" stop paying, "the sellers" will close theses business. It's the buyer's responsibility to respect nature. And to know there are things you shouldn't buy, even if you can. 

7. In your opinion, can a designer or a visual artist play a significant
role in saving ecosystem, such as saving endangered animals

Absolutely. We can be their voice. Design and creation is our weapon. It won't happens in overnight, but the world will change little by litte. Nobody cared about ecosystem 50 years ago. Things are not going to stay same forever. I guess someone's life will not be completely the same even after reading this interview. Education is the strongest weapon. We can help with our talent. 

8. If you get a chance to create a work related to a campaign of saving
endangered animals, which animal will you choose for the
campaign? And your reason, please?

I already created several paintings for endangered animals such as tigers. About tigers, I feel sympathy because they are a Asian cat, killed for their body parts, and losing their forrest habitat. Their number are horribly low. I hope they could survive. I don't want to see the world without tigers.