LY smiling standing in front of a greyscale painting


Droll, greyscale cityscapes roamed by imagined character LUV.

“My creatures are my dear darlings. I consider each of them as an individual.”

LY depicts the streets of Tokyo through the prism of her imagination. The artists’ musings on modern life are told in a neo-pop, Superflat style with a palette of solely black, white and grey. The protagonist of her practice - an imagined amorphous character called LUV - appears across painting, drawing and sculpture in urban landscapes and forests made from hard-edged planes of colour. Personal a...

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LY was born in in 1981 in Tokyo, Japan, where she continues to live and work.

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While strictly monochrome, each work can include as many as 30 individually-mixed shades of grey - carefully composed as a series of sharp-edged solids.


Bringing LUV to the masses, the artist's paintings have also been realised as public murals in Japan, France, Thailand, Malaysia and the US.

Collaborations with LY