Interview with the artists
In this exclusive video interview done by Nichigo Press with Joel (Mulga) Moore and Kentaro Yoshida, we get into the details of the artists who collaborated to create the Japanaroo logo and key visual. Both artists have such different backgrounds, but they were able to come together and create designs that harmonise elements from both countries, representing the overall concept of Japanaroo.
About logo and keyvisual
The Japanaroo logo and key visual are a collaboration by two famous artists active in
Australia, one Japanese and one Australian, to convey the vision of “Japanaroo” which is a new initiative to
promote multiculturalism and exchange with Japan in Australia.
The logo reflects the style of both artists’ illustration and uses distinctive and well-known icons from both countries – the kangaroo and Mt Fuji – so that people living in Australia can see at a glance the charm of Japanaroo 2021 which will be a fusion Japanese and Australian culture.
Kentaro was born and raised in a rural fishing village in Toyama, Japan. At the age of 18, Kentaro decided to move to Australia in pursuit of the English language, sunny beaches and a more balanced lifestyle. Kentaro is passionate about both traditional and digital mediums. Kentaro’s pastel toned artwork has bold line-work, quirky characters, and a beach-side sense of humour.
He has worked with various international brands, as well as individuals for private commissions. Kentaro also specialises in hand-painting artwork from large-scale murals, to detailed painting on fragile watercolour paper.
Mulga is Joel Moore, renowned Australian street artist, freelance illustrator, muralist, published author and designer of the much loved Mulga product range. Known for his unique Australian creations and signature style of intricate line work and bright colours, Mulga’s creations grace walls and objects across the world.
Since embarking on his art career Mulga has exhibited in over 60 art shows, published 2 books, painted thousands of artworks and murals, won multiple awards and worked with a multitude of big brands.