Every wall is a canvas, according to Nambour local and artist Aki Yaguchi, who has just completed a series of wall-art paintings at C-Square in Nambour’s Currie St.
C-Square has been undergoing a transformation, with a recent focus on upgrading the courtyard toilet facilities. The finishing touch has been Aki’s wall art, giving a fresh new vibe to the mens’, womens’, and parents’ room facilities.
Aki’s signature style is bold and eye-catching, based on graphic imagery but developed over many years to be just her own. Aki’s work can be seen on walls and in shop-front windows from the Brisbane CBD to Eumundi. And along with these large-scale works, Aki’s freelance illustrator role sees her producing portraits, sketches, paintings, and prints.
‘Art has been in my life forever,’ Aki says, having developed her skills through formal and informal learning. ‘And while I’ve had a really Australian life, growing up on the Gold Coast and in the Noosa hinterland, I think that there is a Japanese element to my work.’
‘Nambour is making way for art,’ Aki says, with local haunt Villain Espresso and other shops and cafés displaying local artists’ work, including C-Square’s own Gallery Loloma. ‘There’s everthing here, from street art to graffiti to Indigenous art,’ she says.
Aki’s work can be seen on Instagram at akiyaguchi, and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may be lucky and meet her in person at Majestic Cinemas or Tigerstyle Barbershop, run by partner Danny Morrison. Or call in for a cocktail at The Bison Bar, or a coffee and bite to eat at Endless Time Café, and check out the wall art in the new loos!