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Nanami Cowdroy was born in Sydney, Australia of mixed Japanese-European heritage. This contrasting cultural milieu highly influenced her style of art and creative expression. By intertwining complex characters and detailed objects, Cowdroy’s work reflects a juxtaposition between foreign and familiar entities and environments.
With fluid lines, she creates imaginative, exotic paintings populated with watery creatures. Through her pen and ink techniques and intricately hand-illustrated style, she gives strength and depth to subjects which may, on the surface, seem delicate or fragile. Cowdroy’s distinctive style reflects a refined monochrome palette with her name Nanami (meaning ‘Seven Seas’ in Japanese) stamped in red.