“How to Begin Life as an Artist Overseas” (Beginner Part 1)

Hello! How is everybody doing?

This is “How to Begin Life as an Artist Overseas” (Beginner Part 1).

Personally, I think this is the most important thing.

In a word, it’s all about “awareness”.
First of all, all you readers out there want to become aware of the same thing and that’s how to become an artist who can live and make art anywhere in the world.

Artists carrying out their lives overseas share the common desire to take full pride in calling themselves artists.  So, no matter how magnificent or lacking the product may be, no matter what the people surrounding them may say, these artists persevere with their creativity.

In other words...
what it means to be an artist is absurdly broad.

That picture of confidence is so moving it makes people want to see their works.  It arouses passion.
If that feeling isn’t strong enough, collectors and fans won’t feel that connection.

I feel the reason it seems so hard for Japanese artists to succeed abroad is due to this height of passion.

Mr. Tarou Okamoto once said, “art must explode!”
Say it out loud, okay?\(^_^)/

Next time, I will speak more on how to approach foreign art galleries in “How to Begin Life as an Artist Overseas” (Beginner Part 2).


“What They Don’t Teach You About Becoming an Artist in School”(Motivation)

Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn

In my last entry, I promised to tell where the idea for this blog sprung from, didn’t It?

Well, that has a link to the reason the gallery was started.

Let’s take a Time Trip to six years ago, to the year 2008....

   There we meet a woman who spends most of her days painting.  She and I have been friends for 15 years now, but at that time she often considered taking her own life.  Nevertheless, the one thing she loved to do was painting pictures.  During one of my visits, I felt that showing her art to the people was the only thing I could do for her.

With just these feelings, the gallery was born.

This year marks the sixth year since I began supporting Japanese artists, all from that single motive.

Welcome to the Ouchi Gallery, the one and only!

The word “ouchi” (pronounced “oh-oo-chee”)  is Japanese for “home.  I really do feel as if I’ve come home.  The art is, of course, very special but it was named “Ouchi” because it is a place to relax, feel at home,  and love art.

The main point is this: it all started with a single thought.
The motivation created life, no?

Next time, just for you readers out there, I will discuss starting artist activities overseas (for beginners)!

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“What They Don’t Teach You About Becoming an Artist in School”(Intro)

From the Ouchi Gallery in Brooklyn

This blog begins April 6th, 2013 (EST).

Welcome, one and all!(It’s hard to convey Osaka-ben.)

The subject is...

“What they don’t teach you about becoming an artist in school”.

The reason I’m starting this blog is that, since I came to live in New York back in 1998, I’ve wondered why, by comparison, the number of people working as professional artists in Japan is so small...

Like, really, really small...

Just why is that?

Still, there are many hard-working artists out there.

Was there something wrong with the way they became artists?

Is what they’re teaching in art school really okay???

From my point of view, I wanted to teach the secrets of gaining global success as an artist, with “Love and Passion”.

But first, please allow me to introduce myself. :)

Who is Arisa?

   Arisa moved to New York from Japan in 1998 to become a jazz singer.  In 2008, she established the Ouchi Gallery around the concept of “A Slice of the Life of an Artist” in Brooklyn, the birthplace of modern art.  On top of that, she also applies her energy to cultivating artists as the owner and operator of the artist management agency Zank & Mars, LLC.  She is also on the board of directors for Art Magnet, a non-profit organization that strives to “change the world through art”.  Also that year, she stayed in Africa where she planned the Origami Project to teach Nigerian children about “the art one can make from a single sheet of paper”.  In 2012, she held an origami workshop in Canada and in Italy, During her time in Italy, she also held the 100 Artist Exhibition.
   As for her own artistic pursuits, back in 2007 Arisa joined the mural team for the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.  Currently, she performs as a jazz singer based in Brooklyn.

So just where did the idea for this blog come from?

You’ll just have to wait for the next entry... :)

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Dear all crews 2/17/12


Dear all crews

For the time being, in preparation for its publication,

I want to focus on the writing of my book,

so I will be taking a break from this blog.

When commencing on this voyage, I will again call out to you.

Together let's go on an adventure!

Thank you for being with me so far.

I'm not perfect.

Maybe I sometimes say the wrong thing.

But I write the true stories that I learn from my everyday experience.

And I'd like to organize them step by step.

I'd like to continue this until I can see what the most important thing is.

These words are a precious treasure to me.

And my readers and my loved ones are irreplaceable gifts for me.

I deeply appreciate this from the bottom of my heart.

arisa i


147.A Life Pursuit 12/12


A Life Pursuit

When I thought I reached the end of the well-tread path
Time was already past that when I had turned my back on a road of my own.




146.love yourself first 12/11


love yourself first

Only after being able to love yourself first
can you then love someone else.
Another person is not a tool for loving yourself.

love yourself first



145. Starting from praise for oneself 12/10


Starting from praise for oneself.