INSPIRED by roses, Koharu is a print artist from Tokyo. She graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and after graduation she went onto complete an after-graduate degree at the same University in Art Design. She then married and spent the next 25 years of her life as a mother. Just before she reached her 50’s, she visited New York and discovered it was the place she could work as an artist. Now she resides in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, actively working on her art in three cities.
Koharu’s work is introspective. When creating her roses, Koharu looks within to visualise the garden of flowers that exists in her heart.Capturing the essence and fragrant aroma of her rose, she is able to translate both onto paper. Using monotype print-making techniques, she creates unique, one-of-a-kind artwork.
Her prints are associated with the Japanese ‘sho’ or calligraphy – a powerful art from inspired by spirit. The sense of ‘Ma’ or room and ‘Kukan’ or space, which are unique to Japan, are integral to her work. Instead of covering space she embraces it and incorporates it into her work. In the universe of Zen, she utilises space to enhance a rose and it blossoms beautifully in the feeling of the