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Design Festa Gallery: Freedom in Watercolors

posted on by Kim Morrissy

The Design Festa gallery is a permanent exhibition space in Harajuku that is dedicated to showing off the talents of young and upcoming artists in Japan. Although a wide variety of art is showcased at the Design Festa gallery, some artists work in the anime and manga industries or are strongly influenced by anime-style art.

Today, let's focus on a particularly young artist who uses watercolor art to express herself. Rina is a nineteen-year-old woman from Saitama; in an attempt to “find what she wants to do,” she held her first ever exhibit at Design Festa between April 2 - 4.

About the Exhibit

The exhibit is called “free,” indicating the artist's invitation to the viewer to freely join her on her journey of self-discovery.

The theme of “finding oneself” is best exemplified in this illustration of a girl with flowers sprouting from her chest.

Everything displayed in this exhibit is brand new, as Rina has only recently begun using watercolors to express herself. Some of these works were even finished two days before the exhibit.

Rina likes the color pink, so she finds herself using it in all of her art in some form. She's also fascinated with flowers, so she made them a distinct part of the exhibit.

There are many sketches of different kinds of characters, all drawn with soft colors. Please take the time to admire them all.

About the Exhibitor

Rina is a nineteen-year-old woman from Saitama. She can be found on Instagram or Twitter under the handle name @rina__r_.

For more information about the exhibit, check out the Design Festa Gallery blog (Japanese). You can also find out more about the Design Festa Gallery by checking out their official website (English).

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