Bell Nakai smiles over her paintbrushes

Bell Nakai

Pop culture portraits with a message.

“My girls, they may be just little children but they are both you and me in reality.”

Bell Nakai paints in hot-pinks and candy-hues to mask internal sadness. Painted with acrylics on linen, Nakai works in a fast, intuitive way. She does this intentionally to capture a sense of childlike wonder and joy. Japanese Shoujo manga cartoons have had a big impact on her work. This influence is particularly clear in the style of the character's facial features. Most are hidden. Long manga ey...

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Bell Nakai (she/her) was born in Thailand, and currently lives and works in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.


Bell Nakai began her artistic career in 2019. She’s self taught, having not been to art school. Each colour is mixed individually to create the vivid palette that’s become her trademark.


Nakai is strongly influenced by iconic artworks from history. Van Gogh New Portrait (2022), for example, shows pixelated sunflowers. How to Become the King of Pop Art (2021) is based on Andy Warhol's portraits of Marilyn Monroe.

Collaborations with Bell Nakai