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Tadahiro Uesugi is a world-renowned illustrator and animator, based in his native Japan, who creates intuitive drawings of landscapes, characters, and urban scenery, with innovative uses of color and texture. His striking graphic designs as well as his inviting work in women’s fashion magazines are highly influential; his elegant illustrations convey both jazzy and classical sensibilities.
He studied fashion illustration at the Tokyo Art School’s Setsu Mode Seminar. His appreciation of France and such French artists as Moebius [Jean Giraud] is returned in kind, in that he has contributed to French Elle and also designed the one-sheet poster for the Japanese theatrical release of the French feature film Fauteuils d’orchestre (a.k.a. Avenue Montaigne), among other cross-cultural works.
Mr. Uesugi has also illustrated comic books and contributed conceptual ideas to manga comics. His work has enlivened everything from the labels of wine bottles to the covers of DVDs.
In 2006, he collaborated with his contemporaries Ronnie Del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa on a joint show of their works. A companion book, Three Trees Make a Forest, was published.
Mr. Uesugi is an active participant in the fund-raising exhibitions/auctions to support the national trust Totoro Forest Foundation championed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The Totoro Forest Project features original works from acclaimed artists in animation, comic books, and illustration.