Meet Spirited Illustrator Carolyn Suzuki

meet an artist mondayWith a shiny and spirited technique to representation and storytelling, Carolyn Suzuki makes use of the platform of her design trade to have fun and uplift her imaginative and prescient of an attractive, various and completely satisfied international. Her endless-summer palette and bubbly sense of personality illuminates authentic and commissioned paintings around the bodily, virtual and mercantile echelons, however she’s in particular happy with her collaborations with non-profits and types like When We All Vote, Instances Sq. Arts, She Must Run, The Nationwide Assets Protection Council, Asian American Ladies Membership, and Deliberate Parenthood. Maximum just lately she collaborated with woman-owned Kikori Whiskey’s marketing campaign to have fun and honor Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The logo is spotlighting 3 feminine Asian American creatives by way of telling their tales, commissioning new works, and donating $10,000 to the nonprofit group Asian Psychological Well being Collective in every artist’s honor — a complete donation of $30K. Suzuki is highlighted together with comic Atsuko Okatsuka and singer/songwriter Sasami, the place she created an authentic representation for the marketing campaign.

Carolyn Suzuki

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?

CAROLYN SUZUKI: I don’t suppose the phrase “artist” entered my id till a few years into incomes a residing from my paintings (see: imposter syndrome), however I understood from preschool age that I liked colour, I liked making issues with each artwork provides and located items round the home, and that I sucked at math.


What’s your quick resolution to those that ask what your paintings is set?

I’m a fashion designer and I run a stationery corporate.


What would you be doing when you weren’t an artist?

If I weren’t drawing for a residing, I feel I’d nonetheless need to do one thing inventive like internal design.

Carolyn Suzuki for Kikori

Did you pass to artwork college? Why/Why no longer?

I didn’t! My oldsters had been immigrants and even if I spent my entire existence right here in L.A., they had been unfamiliar with the artwork/inventive trade, so we didn’t even know that artwork faculties existed. There may be no doubt a privilege to having data! I went to a 4-year Cal State College.


Why do you reside and paintings in L.A., and no longer somewhere else?

I used to be born and raised right here and even though I had some wanderlust in my more youthful years I’ve grown to truly recognize all that L.A. has to supply, it’s my native land and I will’t see myself residing anyplace else.


When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or venture?

Presently I’m serious about rising my corporate to the following degree, our merchandise are in over 500 places over the United States and rising in addition to in Europe + Australia. I additionally wrote and illustrated a e-book known as Boobs! An empowering e-book that invitations everybody (particularly the ones with boobs) to take a look at themselves via their very own lens.

Carolyn Suzuki: Springtime in Ukraine

What artist residing or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

Yayoi Kusama. Most commonly to simply practice her procedure and be within the room whilst she works along with her group and to peer how she navigates her day by day existence in a psychological well being establishment in Japan.


Web page and social media handles, please!

IG: @carolynsuzuki

Carolyn Suzuki: Menagerie

Updated: May 30, 2022 — 3:44 pm