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Rain Szeto’s Elaborate Ink and Watercolor Illustrations Illuminate the Pleasant Chaos of Daily Life

March 25, 2024

Kate Mothes

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a freestanding food kiosk with an employee standing inside. surrounded many boxes of fruit and a table in the shade next to it.

“Fruit Dude 2.” All images © Rain Szeto, shared with permission

From a bustling cafe to the comfort of a family meal to the morning quietude of a specialty shop, Rain Szeto’s illustrations (previously) capture inviting, everyday places in vibrant detail. The artist’s portraits of local places often radiate from a central vignette of a lone employee, a family interaction, or feline resident making its daily rounds. She treats every scene with with great attention to its unique characteristics, outlining stacks of merchandise, architectural details, and personal effects into chaotic yet appealing tableaux.

Szeto’s work is currently included in Giant Robot Biennale 5, on view through September 1, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Next month, the artist also has work in Giant Robot’s group exhibition, Multimatter, where risograph prints of “Taxipunk” will be available. Find more Szeto’s shop and on Instagram.

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a cat walking in the open door of a small herb shop with its shelves full of merchandise.

“Herb Shop 2”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a cafe counter covered in food and drink with an employee standing behind it.

“Izakaya”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a display of fruits and vegetables with an orange tabby cat licking its paw in front.

“Postcard”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a person in a coat in a snowy city scene, standing at a vending machine and looking up into a lit window with an orange cat sitting in it.

“Something Warm”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of the front of a taxi with a punky driver, the car filled with all sorts of wires and doodads.

“Taxipunk”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a child and an adult cooking in a pleasantly cluttered kitchen.

“Traditions: Kitchen”

A detailed ink and watercolor illustration of a mirror and a pleasantly cluttered vanity surrounded by shelves. The mirror reflects a family sitting down to eat a meal

“Traditions: Mirror”

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