When he was younger, he helped at his father’s plastering business and later had a long career as an explosives worker. Iwamoto says the job was “his calling,” but decided to quit after some trouble at work. Iwamoto attended studioCOOCA and started painting for the first time at the age of 58. He has since consistently painted blonde women, drawing inspiration from his favorite models in foreign fashion magazines and advertisements. He brushes bold strokes using vivid acrylics for works that are incredibly stylish. Recently, he applies his paint in thicker and thicker layers for a sculptural appearance. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this piece marks the first time he has portrayed a non-blonde, non-white subject in his work. He is quite the liberalist.
Born in 1953, Iwamoto currently resides in Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a member of studioCOOCA. When he was younger, he helped at his father’s plastering business and later became an explosives worker, a job that lasted for more than 20 years. Iwamoto says the job was “his calling,” but due to various circumstances, he was forced to quit. In 2011, an acquaintance by chance suggested he visit studioCOOCA, which is how he began painting. Iwamoto said that he had never painted before, but once she started, his bold brush strokes and use of color quickly made him a familiar name at COOCA. He has since created his ongoing Blonde Girl series, inspired by ads found flipping through magazines.