Growing up in Tokyo, Chaykov spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s house near Tokyo Tower.
But it was a view of the iconic structure from a hotel window many years later that inspired his creative direction.
Now an illustrator, Chaykov (the moniker was coined by a Tchaikovsky-loving teacher who was impressed with his passion for music and painting) creates stunningly detailed illustrations of Tokyo landscapes (one even features the Club), often featuring his signature giant cats.
A graduate of Tokyo’s Tama Art University, Chaykov’s works of “everyday daydreaming in Tokyo” are on display at the Frederick Harris Gallery from February 7 to March 6 and are available for purchase through Member Services.
Meet the Artist
Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
When I saw an impressionist exhibit at age 17. At that time, I didn’t actually understand much of what impressionism meant, but I was so fascinated by the beautiful colors and light that I decided to try painting myself.
What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
Maybe you should get out of the house a little more.
My perfect creative environment.
A quiet, compact space with lots of my favorite things, a window with a nice view, good drinks and lots of sweets and someone who sometimes comes to disturb me when I’m too focused.
Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
There are many! The late Japanese shin hanga print artist Hiroshi Yoshida to talk about the beauty in the details of art and American artist James Turrell to talk about how light creates space, to name two.