Asako Morishita interview 2020.


Asako Morishita will hold her first solo exhibition in a year at Gallery Seek starting tomorrow, December 4 (Fri.).

We’re talking to you!


What is the theme of this exhibition?

“The whispering.”

It means “the voice of whispering”. I imagine the voices of small animals talking or talking to themselves.

I imagined each of the animals in their own stories, depicting them on their way to the promised land and surrounded by their favorite things. I drew the scenes where they go to the promised place and are surrounded by their favorite things.

In order to express the small world of small animals, I combined them with more detailed and delicate motifs to create a work that draws you into the animal’s world.


In a previous interview, you told us about the concept behind your work, “In my small works, I use the theme of small creatures to express their loveliness and the beauty of their dignified lives from my own perspective.

How do you express “loveliness” and “dignified beauty of life”?

It’s a fine attention to detail, but we put a lot of love into the animals’ expressions and gestures.

I believe that the beauty of life is “luster”, so I wanted to emphasize the beauty by expressing the moisture in the eyes by putting light in the pupils, and by drawing the fur a little more neatly than it is in real life.


You are also interested in the animals themselves, and it is because of your observations that you have been able to

Are there any animal characteristics you know?

It’s not a trait I’m the only one who knows about, but it’s always interesting to see the individual differences between animals.

If it’s a squirrel, its ears are bitten off, its tail is shortened. This is a symbol of their history.

Cats’ ears and tails are the same way. The interest is endless.

Sparrows seem to have a variety of facial features.

They have long faces, round faces, and so on. I’m glad that I was able to catch a glimpse of their inner selves.

I don’t express individual differences unless they are in line with the theme of the picture. I don’t express individual differences unless it is in line with the theme of the picture, but I am particular about the face in my own way.

I have children with long faces take on dignified expressions and children with young faces take on lovely expressions. face, and a child with a young face will have an adorable expression.

We hope you enjoy the facial features of the animals in the group picture. We hope you enjoy the facial features.


Morishita-sensei’s works feature a variety of animals. Do you have a different approach to drawing animals depending on the type of animal?

I do not want to treat animals as part of a motif, but to express them lovingly.

I don’t have any particular distinction in mind, but I want to value “small things” in my paintings

I’ve been drawing a lot of squirrels and birds to express the way they hold things like nuts and branches.


Squirrels are very visual by nature, but they have very small hands, so it’s adorable to see them trying their best to grab nuts and eat them or climb trees with such hands.

For example, I changed the expressions of the three chipmunks in “Preparing for Winter”.

I hope you can appreciate them by imagining the personality of each one.




“Prepare for winter.”M6

Squirrels in autumn are very nervous and store a lot of food for the winter.

Pick up pine cones, boil them and dry them to make beautiful pine cones.

This is the scene where we helped prepare for winter around the pine cones.


Birds also vary from one individual to another, but when they are small, their limbs are also soft. I’d like to express those aspects as well.

Also, as a way of repaying the benefits that humans usually receive from animals and nature</p span>Artificial motifs such as bottles and baskets are used to give “gifts”, or to live in ruinsdrawing those who live in ruins.

I value the appreciation and compassion for animals the most.

We are most concerned with appreciation and compassion for animals.


“The Departed.”F6 

Are there any animals that you tried for the first time?

I have painted a few times, but this is the first time I am showing my owl artwork at seek.

This is an American Eagle Owl that I interviewed at Kakegawa Bird Sanctuary in Shizuoka.

Owls are nocturnal, so they tend to sleep during the day.。

But this time, we get to see a cute winky winky moment with one eye closed

and then.

When I encounter a rare expression of an animal, I feel as if it was shown only to me.

I want to draw them.


“Around the Cool Moon”P8


What is your production process?

1. “Drawing below”

Draw a sketch with a pencil on a drawing paper and copy it onto a thin paper. Trace over the top with a ballpoint pen and

transfer it.

It’s still often hard to get it to the bottom drawing.

For example, changing the pose of the squirrel or switching the placement of the squirrel’s pose, or swap the placement of the squirrels.

It’s like playing dolls.



The transferred lines are then bone-drawn in a mixture of black and dark brown.

In the case of my work, since I value the detailed description of animal hair and limbs

I draw them well.

If you can’t keep the outline, it will look blurry. If you can’t keep the outline, it will look fuzzy.


This is an important process to bring out the softness and color of fluffy hair. This is an important process to bring out the softness and color of the fluffy hair.

I got a more three-dimensional effect than before.

Production process 3

4) Painting the motifs with rock paints.

Process 4

⑤The gradation is put in the whole, and it is finished decorating with gold paint.


Lately, I’ve been consciously thinking about what it would look like if I hung it on the wall and started painting it.

When it comes to large works, it is important how to create an attractive place within a large screen. It’s important to create a captivating place on the big screen.

Even in small works, I try to add a little color in one point. I have changed some parts from before.

This Is there one piece in particular that you would like people to see in your work?

My personal favorite would be “Fukufuku”.

The whole color scheme is refreshing.

The sparrows, puffed up by the cold, huddled together.

We also want you to see how the sparrows, puffed up from the cold, huddle together and the expressions on their faces.


Is there anything you would like to challenge in the future?

I haven’t been able to get there since before Corona, so I’d love to go sketching.

I’m interested in places with animals as well as moss, trees and ruins. I think it’s interesting.

I want to draw an ordinary, casual place.

Finally Please give a message to the people who come to see your solo exhibition.

Listen to the voices of these little animals and feel free to imagine their stories.

I think that loving and caring for them is a soothing I think.

Thank you, Dr. Morishita! The solo exhibition will be held from December 4 (Fri) to 13 (Sun). Please take this opportunity to visit the exhibition.

Previous interview is here↓.

Asako Morishita Japanese Painting Exhibition -Sasamegoto-

Venue:4 December (Fri) to 13 December (Sun), 2011

Gallery Seek Exhibiting artist: Asako Morishita Asako Morishita has been drawing animals since her days at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and is currently active at the Japan Art Institute. She depicts familiar animals with a delicate and lovely touch. The theme of this solo exhibition is “Sasamegoto”. I imagine the voices of small animals talking and talking to themselves. Imagining the story of each animal, she depicts scenes of them on their way to the promised place or surrounded by their favorite things. She says it’s always interesting to see the individual differences between the animals. For example, with squirrels, their ears have been gnawed off and their tails have been shortened. This is a symbol of the history they have lived. She says that it makes her happy to be able to look into their inner lives. Please enjoy the 10 or so new works that are filled with gratitude and compassion for animals.


Asako Morishita

Asako Morishita

I mainly create animal and plant paintings. I find animals adorable, and at the same time, I am fascinated by their high mobility and vitality. I hope to express their loveliness and the dignified beauty of life from my own point of view.