My name is REIKO LAUPER. I’m a Japanese artist based in New York.

 

I’m specialized in drawings mostly using the Stippling technique and graphic art using my own illustration.

I worked in the fashion industry as a personal/in-house graphic designer for an Emmy-awarded costume designer, Patricia Field for 7 years.

In 2015, I was offered a job at a local art gallery, and took advantage of the opportunity and started making my own art again after a long break.

I am a freelance illustrator/ graphic designer since 2019, and also teach stippling drawing at PI Art School in NYC.

When people ask me what my art is about, I can probably say "my obsession."  Placing millions of dots on paper oddly gives me huge satisfaction.

Stippling requires a lot of time and serious focus. I work on my desk placing dots for countless hours and I realize that I'm obsessed.

I'm obsessed with pursuing "superficiality" —which is the conflict/guilty pleasure that I had especially when I used to work in the fashion industry.
I want to express my "insideness" that is shown by pursuing superficiality", and sublimate it into my art.


I'm also obsessed with Yin and Yang Philosophy (or the "dark-light" concept) —which describes how opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

I like different things and I don't stick to one style, but I always try to create artwork that consistently follows the theme with a touch of my root. Japanese sense.

I take commissions for any kind of creative project including personal portraits.

I also provide other services such as graphic design and low-budget website design using templates.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you want to purchase the original artwork.

Personal History / Exhibitions

 

  • 1982 Born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 2005 BFA in Sculpture, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2006 Moved to New York

  • 2007 - 2008 Hand-paint Textile Designer at Tanuki Studio

  • 2008 - 2015 Graphic Designer at Patricia Field

  • 2015 - 2019 Graphic Designer at Wendigo Productions NY / Art on A Gallery

  • 2016 Got back into art after a 10-year break and started drawing

  • 2019 - Freelance Artist / Graphic Designer / Part-time Art Teacher at PI Art Center NY
     

  • 2018 Solo Exhibition, "Japonisque", Art on A Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2018 Collaborative Exhibition, Bar LSD, Tokyo, JAPAN

  • 2019 Collaborative Exhibition, Art on A Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2019 Dec "Trading Card Art Show", Gristle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2020 Jan The 22nd annual "Postcards from the Edge" benefit for Visual AIDS, Bortolami, New York, NY