Hikari Shimoda – Memento Mori – Artist Interview

The paintings of Hikari Shimoda beguile with their sparkling magic and seduce us into a fantastical world where everything is not quite as it first seems. The kawaii and manga inspired cuteness soon reveals itself as a clever, candy coated … Read More

Yoko d’Holbachie – Visual Alchemy – Artist Profile

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Inspired by popular culture in her native Japan and beyond, Yoko d’Holbachie’s paintings are at once vividly inviting and disturbingly dark. Candy colored creatures with wormlike tentacles travel through fantasy landscapes. Elements of Kawaii, Anime, Pop Art and Surrealism blend … Read More

Kazuki Takamatsu – Into the Depths – Artist Profile

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Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan in 1978. Influenced by media and subculture growing up, he attended the Department of Oil Painting at Tohoku University of Art & Design and graduated in 2001. Takamatsu’s haunting black and … Read More

Hikari Shimoda – Fantasy Meets Reality – Artist Profile

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Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Soon afterward, Shimoda was selected for her first solo … Read More