"When I am painting children, I feel as though I am painting my own childhood."
Iwasaki Chihiro (1918-1974) was born in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.
In 1950 she married a man named Matsumoto Zenmei. Their first son, Takeshi, was born in 1951. Although she had been interested in children's illustration before, it seems likely that the birth of her first son was a catalyst for later work. In 1956 she won the Juvenile Culture Award from Shogakukan Publishing for her magazine illustrations. From the mid-50's on Chihiro illustrated book after book for, winning prizes for many of them.
Her pen & watercolor illustrations are pure visual poetry. She captures childhood exactly in all its color and perfect innocence.
Iwasaki Chihiro Plate Collection: 21 cm (8.2") diameter with stand, $98 each