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. 

Friday, February 21, 2014


Yumiko Kayukawa's Newsletter for Winter 2014.

New Limited Edition Print 
Limited Edition of 50. $85.00.

20 x 17 Inches Archival Pigment Print
Release on Sat, Feb 22 12PM EST
This print will only available until March 8th. So act fast if you want a copy!
For more info, Visit 


Limited edition Cup & Saucer, and Pillows are on sale from Click For Art


My new show "Year of the Fire Horse" is this June at
Foley Gallery in N.Y. I will also join Artshow Busan in South Korea, and some benefit events for animal shelters this Spring. More info coming soon. Check back with my Facebook


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Thank you EQUILLIBRIUM for the cool T-shirt!

EQUILLIBRIUM is a sustainable clothing brand and wolf sanctuary supporter. Check out their cool T-shirts HERE. Here are some of the wolf sanctuaries they support.

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mission Wolf