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The 7th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner

Hikari Daimon "Genga"

  • DATES : Mon. June 3 - Thu. June 20, 2013
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Giving Manga Heroines a Different Kind of Story
Hikari Daimon won the Grand Prize in the 7th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition for “Genga,” her collection of somehow familiar heroines of a kind straight out of a girls manga, drawn freehand directly on the gallery wall. Of her works featuring teenage girls pencil-drawn on a large scale, one judge said, “In a good sense, Daimon betrayed our assumptions that pictures of this kind would be displayed inside frames.” Another commented, “Daimon is clever enough to respond unerringly to the situation presented to her.” Yet another gave high marks “not only to the interesting touch of her artwork but also to the attractiveness of the people she draws.”
“When I was small,” Daimon says, “I wanted to be like the young girls in manga, and unconsciously, every time I picked up a pen to draw, I would imitate the heroines of those days.” Sketching so many manga-like figures, their eyes and their silhouettes effortlessly came to her, and when the sketch lines she learned in her late teens were added to the mix, Daimon says she herself began to wonder who those young girls were and where they were headed. She created “Genga” out of a desire to give those heroines stories different from those of a manga.
For her upcoming “Genga” exhibition, Daimon will create new works directly in the gallery. She says this time she wants to fill the walls with even larger drawings. Visitors are sure to enjoy seeing just how large in scale her ambition will produce.

Hikari Daimon

Born in Tokyo in 1987. Since 2012 she has been creating graphics depicting herself. In summer 2012 s...

Organizer: Guardian Garden

Message from the Artist

It all began when a friend looked at some pictures I had casually drawn and said, “Wow! These are awesome!” At the time, I was shocked just to have someone compliment me on my manga-like drawings. But once I realized it was OK to draw manga pictures, I was suddenly able to see a surprising depth in my drawings that I’d never seen before. I became strangely confident that things would definitely work out OK, and my drawing zeal increased at double speed. I imagine for everybody, there’s a way of making something that’s a perfect match for you. For me it’s “Genga,” and even now I think I was really lucky to find it.

Hikari Daimon

Message from One of the Judges

We tend to think that people who create something on a continuous basis approach their goal with passion and conviction, but that’s not so. In Hikari Daimon’s case, she can be characterized as having a vacillating attitude, a posture of changing according to the situation, a personality easily influenced, a wee bit of malice, a sober tendency to lose herself in the small details of the problem before her, moments when she feels slight regrets, quick reliance on others, a change of thinking at the last moment, and experience at realizing that “OK, this will do.” These are what keeps her creating.

Jun Tsuzuki(Illustrator)

The 7th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition
Mon. August 20 – Thu. September 13, 2012
The open round of final judging on August 30
Hikari Daimon was selected as the Grand Prix winner.
Koji Iyama(Art director, Graphic designer)
Ichio Otsuka(Illustrator, Art director)
Masahiro Kakinokihara(Art director)
Atsuki Kikuchi(Graphic designer)
Jun Tsuzuki(Illustrator)
※in Japanese syllabary order
The 7th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition