Profile

Phone: 1 (416) 662-4543
Email: suharu@suharuogawa.com
Twitter@suharuogawa
Instagram@suharuogawa 

Suharu Ogawa is a Toronto-based illustrator originally from Japan. Her love for drawing started in a kindergarten art school after being kicked out of calligraphy class for refusing to convert to right-handedness. Formally trained in Art History and Cultural Anthropology in Kentucky and Ohio, she worked for several years as a university librarian in California - until her passion for illustration called her out of that career and into the pursuit of a lifelong dream. Since then, she has studied illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. 

Her name is pronounced as <Su-ha-ru>, pretty much how it's spelled and named after Subaru (or Pleiades), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, not after the car manufacturer, seriously. 

 

Photography: Celine Kim

Clients

Avenue
BC Business
Boston Globe
Canadian Grocer
Captain Oats
Chief Investment Officer
City of Toronto
College of William and Mary
Corporate Knights
Fast Company
Literary Review of Canada
Maisonneuve
MEC
Middlebury College
Nagoya University Press
NPR
NUVO
OCAD University
OPC Register Magazine
Ottawa Magazine
PLANADVISOR
PLANSPONSOR
Reader's Digest
Registered Nursing Journal
Scientific American, Mind Magazine
Sierra Club
Swerve
Washington Post
The Writer's Union of Canada

Children's Book
Opération Garde-Robe. Written by Julie Dugal, illustrated by Suharu Ogawa. Montreal, QC, Éditions Marchand de feuilles, 2017.

Awards

39th National Magazine Awards / Spot Illustration - Finalist
3×3 No.10
CMYK issue 53

Exhibitions

2017
Group: Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches. Wave Pool Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio, May 13 - June 24)
& Lexington Art League (Lexington, Kentucky, July 28 - August 13), USA
Group: My Petite Bourgeois Revolution, Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto 
Group: Fix Up Look Sharp. Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto

2015
Group: Secret. Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery, Toronto

2014
Group: The Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Japan
Group: Politics of Being Ugly. Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto

2013
Group: Clairvoyance. Creators’ Lounge, Toronto
Group: Semblance: Even Better Than The Real Thing. Bev Hisey Studio, Toronto
Group: Revive: Pop-up Art Show. Salonhaus, Toronto
Group: Retrospective. OCADU, Toronto
Group: Spirit Of Inquiry. Creators’ Lounge, Toronto
Group: Pillow Man. Propeller Center for the Visual Arts, Toronto

2012
Group: Neck of the Woods.  Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto
Group: Guilt City.  Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto
Group: Retrospective. OCAD University,Toronto
Group: CADSA Exhibition Exchange. Alberta College of Art and Design(Jan 29-Feb 4) &
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design(Mar 13-17),Canada

2011
Solo: Figures of Speech. Gallery109, Cal State University San Bernardino, California, USA