2s, 3s & 4s is the first London solo exhibition of Natsko Seki, an established freelance illustrator known for her bright and playful style, which she often employs for travel-related illustrations and children’s books.
Comparison, a process which encourages you to search for similarities and differences in equal measure, is central to Seki’s practice. Drawing viewers into her works, the artist creates a world where the differences in things have whimsical harmony as well as rhythmical contrasts.
For this event Seki was joined in conversation by Olivia Ahmad, curator at House of Illustration, to discuss her recent work, career to date, and her inspirations and approach to materials and narrative.
A video of the talk can be found here:
About the contributors
Natsko Seki (b. in Kochi, 1976) studied educational psychology at Keio University in Tokyo before moving to the UK. She graduated with a B.A. Illustration (Hons) from University of Brighton in 2005, and made her way to London where she now works on an increasing number of worldwide commissions.
Her work focuses on travel-related illustrations and children’s books. Inspired by architecture and people from different ages and cultures, Seki often integrates personal elements into her illustrations, for example by collaging her own photographs of family friends into her works.
Her clients have included: Phaidon Press, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Transport for London, London Transport Museum, The Guardian, The New York Times, Bloomsbury Publishing, Random House, Royal Society of Arts, Historic Royal Palaces, Seoul Metropolitan Government, BBC, Toyota, Takashimaya, Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, and more.
Olivia Ahmad (b. in London,1986) is curator at House of Illustration, the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and graphic arts. Since its opening in 2014, she has been responsible for its programme of exhibitions on historic and contemporary illustration, artist residencies and commissions.
Before joining House of Illustration, Olivia worked for the Northern Design Festival, Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. Her recent exhibitions include Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, Laura Carlin: Ceramics and A New Childhood-Picture Books from Soviet Russia.