Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hikari Shimoda

Let me first say I love these paintings! It makes me reconsider how I bring the portrait/color/feeling into my own work.  Hikari Shimoda is a Japanese artist, obviously influenced by Mangaand Lisa Frank-like stickers but there is a heavier emotional tension to them.
"Impacted by the catastrophic earthquake in Japan in 2011, Hikari painted a series of children who have magical features as a result of the power plant explosion from the earthquake. 'The work mainly takes up the problem which people live in modern society faces with a child motif, create a original world view mixing innocently cutie and painfully eerie based on the way of expression peculiar to Japan'."Juxtapoz