HATTORI Nanako was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. While attending Musashino Art University, she studied scenography as her major, and began focusing on print art. After graduating in 1995, she worked as a designer in the apparel industries. By 2011, she began to experiment again making art, primarily wood-block prints.
She has exhibited her work in Tokyo, Taipei, New York, and Bologna. She also provides illustrations for childbooks and greeting cards.
Her multicolor wood-block print work grows out of the tradition of ukiyo-e technique which is unique to Japan.
2017.3 "Sunny Place" The Art Complex Center of Tokyo
2017.2 "Around the Universe" Kai no Kotori, Tokyo
2016.1 "Prints and short stories" Kai no Kotori, Tokyo
2015.9 "Day Dream" The Art Complex Center of Tokyo
2013.7 "Flomera Flanica" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2013.3 "MIKAN the Kitten and Seeds of Ice" Gallery Kubota Annex, Tokyo
2012.7 "Think about My Garden" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2011.10 "Nanako's Fantasy World" The lighter Side, Taipei
2011.7 "Fair and Rain" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2015.4 “TASTE” FABulous Gallery, Tokyo
2015.3 “Studio t23 Exhibition” Gallery Kubota Annex, Tokyo
2015.3 “Animal World 7” The Art Complex Center of Tokyo
2015.2 “Girls Festival Exhibition” Donichi Garoh, Tokyo
2014.10 “The 10th Japan Illustrator’s Association Exhibition” Yamawaki Gallery, Tokyo
2014.10 “The 10th Bookplate Exhibition” Atelier Atico, Tokyo
2014.9 “Animal Planet” The Art Complex Center of Tokyo
2014.5 "The 7th SENSO HOKI Exhibition" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2014.4 “Square Thumbhole - Town” Gallery Conceal, Tokyo
2014.3 “Signs of Spring” Gallery Conceal, Tokyo
2014.1 “Wish You Were here 13” A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2013.12 “Generations : The Red / Pink Show” A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2013.5 "The 7th SENSO HOKI Exhibition" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2012.10 "The 8th Bookplate Exhibition" Atelier Atico, Tokyo
2012.6 "The 6th SENSO HOKI Exhibition" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2012.5 "Prints Exhibition 2012" The Art Complex Center of Tokyo
2011.5 "The 5th SENSO HOKI Exhibition" Gallery Eijiu, Tokyo
2011.3 "Studio t23 Exhibition" Gallery Kubota Annex, Tokyo
2012.9 "The 1st Tokyo Book Jacket Illustration Competition", Takeo
"Mikan the Kitten and the Seeds of Ice" 2013
I have been loved to indulge in fantasy since my childhood. Influenced by the print works of Minami Keiko and Seimiya Naobumi, I create similarly distilled scenes. But within my worlds, surreality is a centerpiece. A rainbow of color gusts like wind and streams into the print to shape oddly recognizable forms. Through the sliver of a door, a strange realm teems with vibrant colors, charming in their simplicity. Rather than the trudge of daily life, the never-before is an enchanting force. It is natural to want to explore. My works offer glimpses of a vivid imagination innocently opened, an alluring story waiting to be told.