Inoue butterflies

Montreal-based artist and illustrator Raku Inoue feared he had that dreaded viral clay disease. He’d gone clayzy! Nope, it was just his art manifesting itself in polymer. Read his biography to get the full scoop.

Raku was born in suburban Tokyo in 1983. He spent his early childhood watching anime, reading manga and discovering living creatures, especially insects. He immigrated to Canada when he was nine. He bounces between illustration, sculpture, photography and never strays far from polymer.

Look at these closeups of some of his lush polymer sculptures.

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  • reply Carol Myers ,

    I’m NOT a polyclay artist and have done very little with it but LOVE your blog and LOVE checking out the artists you present! This one was FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing your wonderful finds!!!

    • reply Ladee ,

      AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING, been awhile since something made me ohhhh and ahhhhh, thank you so much for sharing this man’s art. Have to read more about him…. and have to try my hand at this….. love the detail…. my old brain is spinning and twirling now…. that’s a good thing…. thanks again….

      • reply Anita Brandon ,

        For me, some of the most beautiful and engaging pieces of work EVER! The fact that they’re PC is secondary. WOW!

        • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

          how extremely cool! what a nice sight to wake up to on Monday morning.

          • reply Barb Fajardo ,

            Wow, Wow and WOW! Incredible and Amazing too!! Here’s a video where you can watch his process.

            Thank you Cynthia…glad you are enjoying a day off every once in a while 🙂

            • reply Anna Winter ,

              Beyond awesome. I appreciate the artwork and I continue to be amazed and inspired by such works in polymer clay.

              • reply Mary Anne Loveless ,

                Love the flybutters. Love the “clayzy” comment. That’s the perfect word for it. I’m a little clayzy, myself.

                • reply Jan montarsi ,

                  YOU are my new IDOL!!!!

                  What wonderful work!

                  • reply Loretta ,

                    Fabulous!!! A very individual vision. Beautiful.

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