Asami Nakamura is an abstract artist whose work is a reflection of a life spent in awe of nature in both Japan and the west coast of Canada. Asami’s love of creation began in her childhood when she was given the opportunity to hone her craft as a painter in art school. That love of art continued to blossom in university where she studied aesthetics across mediums. This training brought Asami to food styling which utilized her strong sense of composition, colour, and texture.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced the world to stop and take pause; this pause was a catalyst for Asami to reconnect to her first love – painting. Creating new works has given Asami a new perspective as a highly sensitive person. Often, having a sensory-processing sensitivity is framed as something negative or incessantly challenging; however, Asami has transformed her perspective and proves that it can be a transformative source for artistic insight. The hope is not only to use art to bring peace to her own internal world but to give the gift of serenity to those with the privilege of viewing her art.
Written by Kristin Kimiko Dorey, friend
Which hood are you in?
I live on the unceded ancestral land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.
What do you do?
I am an abstract mixed media artist. I love to express different kinds of textures on canvas. I am always trying to keep in a state of calmness and serenity because as a highly sensitive person, I am very easily stimulated by my environment.
My art is both nature-inspired from spending time outdoors and also influenced by auditory experiences – natural and human-made – bringing organic form and composition to canvas.
I hope my art brings an essence of tranquillity to your beautiful life.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new winter painting series which will be launching early next year, in 2022.
The theme is “Blue.” I am trying to utilize many different hues of blue; I’ve been inspired by the winter mountains and glaciers of BC, and also Japanese Aizome, which influenced my use of natural indigo pigment for my paintings.
Where can we find your work?
You can find my artwork on my website or on Instagram.