Susumu Kamijo in a black tshirt and glasses smiling

Susumu Kamijo

Nonchalant poodle glamour takes centre stage.

“My partner is a dog groomer and one day, when I was helping her at her work, I just noticed their forms, and they looked good!”

Kamijo is known for his colourful, stylised poodles. The Japanese artist works across paper and canvas using a mixture of materials including oil pastel, pencil and pen, as well as acrylic and oil paint. Kamijo’s use of block colour and isolated shapes accrue into recognisable compositions with a hard-edged, graphic style. Varied texture is created through cross-hatching, repetitive patterning and...

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Susumu Kamijo was born in 1975 in Nagano, Japan, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York.

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The artist lives with his two dogs, one wire fox terrier and one poodle, the latter of whom has - quite evidently - provided a wealth of inspiration for his practice.


Kamijo's debut Avant Arte edition, The Sinner at Dusk, was the first time one of his voluptuous pooches had been realised in 3 dimensions.

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Collaborations with Susumu Kamijo

Avant Arte and Susumu Kamijo have one upcoming collaboration.