Art Byte Strikes Again! Find Out What 10 Means.

I embedded the above blog mostly to save time. Read on to find out more about 10!

I also recommend following Arthur Huang, the founder of Art Byte Critique, on Facebook as he recaps some of the work Art Byte Critique has done.


Artist Interview with Rukhe Neelofer Zaidi

rukhe-Neelofer-Zaidi-2-webFrom: Lahore, Pakistan
Currently: University Lecturer, Art Curriculum Director for large school system.

Tell me about your work and your medium.
I started in gouache/tempura. I changed because it was difficult to preserve the work. I changed to acrylic. I want a 2-D flat effect. I use a gouache approach to acrylic.

I first started by doing figures from above angle but recently interested in flora and fauna. I was inspired to change from figures to plants, when I started my own balcony garden. I most use my houseplants to create jungle scenes.

rukhe-Neelofer-Zaidi-1_webWhat’s your project here?
I’m working on a four-panel painting of a landscape (composite) inspired by the screens (fusuma). I’m really inspired by these leaves. I’ve never seen them before.

Why did you choose Shiro Oni?
I came because I’m interested in Japan and on the map, this looked close to Tokyo.

Local Inspiration/Observations
Japanese people are politest people on Earth, but reserved.
Communal living aspect is tough for me. I’m not sued to it.

After talking about creating art curriculum and teaching we talked about challenges for art in schools in Pakistan. Rukhe said the biggest lack for developing artists in Pakistan is the lack of art curriculum, museums and galleries. Art in school is sometimes considered a “free period.”


Find out more about Rukhe’s work on her her Facebook page.

rukhe-4-webRukhe’s End of Residency Show is on July 7/25-26 at Shiro Oni Studio
• 370-1401 Gunma Fujioka Onishi 529 Japan

How to Get to Shiro Oni From Tokyo (train and bus)
• Tokyo -> Honjo Station (本庄駅) on JR Takasaki Line
• fare about 1660 depending on original station
(I like to take Shonan Shinjuku Liner because it goes straight to Honjo)
• Use South Exit of Honjo
• Take the bus which stops in front of the 7-11., bus leaves about once an hour
• Get off at Onishi Yubinkyoku Mae (鬼石郵便局前). Bus fare is 660 yen.
• Walk about five minutes to Shiro Oni Residency main building, Kinuya.



**photos by Lori Ono at Shiro Oni Art Residency

Tokyo Artbook Fair 2014: Interview with Lyle Nisenholz

The Zinesmate Tokyo Art Book Fair starts September 19th and I’m interviewing fellow Art Byte Critique artists about their work. The third in the series of eight interviews presents Lyle Nisenholz.

IMG_1079Lyle Nisenholz is an American artist, focusing on painting and illustration. Lyle will be presenting unique one of a kind hand-painted and hand-drawn books as well as multiple, smaller copies of his work. Strategically placed holes unite the pages of Lyle’s work, creating interaction with the surface pages and the pages below.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from the United States, mostly California.  I lived in Japan for 11 years.  I’m a high school sketch book doodler and wanted to draw like Heavy Metal Magazine and Dungeons and Dragons. However somehow I earned a fine art degree from college.  Mostly I sketch and draw images on paper, it’s like a diary of my feelings and ideas.


 Can you describe (briefly) the process of making your book?
I make a book by using a sketchbook or separate pages casually.
As a new drawing develops, I create a hole in the image.
The hole makes a window for the image on the next page.
This window is the starting point for my next page image.
Again using the next page image, I will make a hole and continue as before.


Hand-painted book detail courtesy of Lyle Nisenholz.
Hand-painted book detail courtesy of Lyle Nisenholz.

Which is your favourite material/medium to work with?
I love pens and pencils most. They are clean and easy!

I have been doodling in sketchbooks since I was thirteen years old. I see most of my ideas in sketchbooks so I just make them into art



Is there a website where we can learn more about you and your work?

I’m Hosting a Workshop at Tokyo Spidering Show at Hagiso Gallery

Tokyo Art Byte is holding their first group show called Tokyo Spidering at Hagiso Gallery in Yanaka in Tokyo. I’m really excited to be part of this group. Members range in age and media types but really come together to discuss art and help each other progress their studio work.

Art Byte is holding a series of events and workshops during the show. You can read more about the events here. I’m hosting an event on two different days.  It will be a fun relaxed event so I hope you can drop by. Japanese information follows.

Character Building from a Scribble.

Sunday, October 20 , 13:00-15:00
Sunday, October 27. 13:00-15:00

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Release your creativity and create a character from a scribble. Scribble on paper then choose lines to keep or erase to bring out the character within. Characters will be created on hagaki-size cards. Workshop members are free to take their creations home with them.

Materials: pencil, papers, eraser, colored pencils, felt pens provided by me.

Workshop Size: Drop in but only 6 people at a time.

Duration: 2 hours.

October 15-October 27, 2013
12:00 – 21:00

落書きからキャラクター創造しましょう (Loriさん)
10月20日(日)13:00 – 15:00、 HAGI-ROOM/HAGI-ARTで ((誰でも参加できますですが6 人まで一度に)
10月27日(日)13:00 – 15:00、 HAGI-ROOM/HAGI-ARTで ((誰でも参加できますですが6 人まで一度に)

October 15-October 27, 2013
12:00 – 21:00
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