Jul 18

Artist Spotlight: Chiaki Okada

Chiaki OkadaChiaki Okada has a unique talent for capturing the innocent beauty of childhood home life as well as imaginative childhood themes.

For instance, notice the delicate comfort that Chiaki has created in “Tea Party Late at Night” where a girl, her teddy bear, and a polar bear all enjoy a quiet night around the table with tea:

okada-chiaki-teaOr note the delicate sweetness captured in this intimate cat and mouse scene:


Chiaki Okada has 12 children’s books out, and even though they are in Japanese, the illustrations are captivating enough, even if you can’t read the language.

She has also been been featured in numerous art exhibitions, including her “Light” exhibition for Tokyo Art Beat, featuring her illustrations from her book Akari (Light), published December 2014.

TAB describes the gallery as:

Telling the story of a candle, in “Akari” Okada wanted to portray the flickering warmth of its protagonist.



She has captivated my heart with her soft and intimate portraits, her wonderful world of animals, and sentimental home life illustrations, and I hope you enjoy her work too.  You can view much more of her artwork and children’s book illustrations on her website.

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