Born in Osaka ,Japan in '56, Atsu Azechi recognized her interest in oil painting in her teens . Self taught, she started to paint portraits of American blues artists, fascinated by the music and the culture. She also discovered printmaking during this period.In the last several decades, Atsu has concentrated on fabric appliqué pieces and unique accessories. Her use of exotic Japanese fabrics adds depth and complexity. She continues to explore her fascination with American blues.
And, as a pacifist and feminist, Atsu also makes beautiful works about her Motherland, Japan and about strong women images. She continues to live in Japan, making art full time. She’s not a musician, but she clearly loves American popular music.
Many of Azechi’s subjects are anonymous musicians, but a few are identified as well-known singers and players. A portrait of Elmore James appears on one of her handbags, while Big Joe Williams is portrayed in a small, square composition.