Junko Mizuno, Toshio Saeki Exhibit Art in California
posted on by Heather Skinner
The Gallery Nucleus in the Los Angeles suburb of Alhambra announced that it will be welcoming new works by Japanese artists Junko Mizuno and Mizna Wada during a November 13-December 6 exhibition. Mizuno explores organic and decorative elements in "Flora Delirium." "Yummy Haunts," Wada's newest body of work, draws inspiration from Hansel & Gretel and includes a series of paintings and dolls that the gallery describes as "sinfully sweet with a terrifying twist."
Mizuno is well known for her gothic/kawaii noir style, which is a combination of themes that are both humorous and tragic. Mizuno is also an accomplished manga novelist, publishing numerous novels such as Cinderalla, Princess Mermaid as well as many others. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Seattle, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris and many other places.
Meanwhile Wada is known as an illustrator and designer whose style was inspired by the horror comics she read while growing up. Many of the girls that she creates possess a childlike innocence with a hint of mischief that frequently end in macabre predicaments. Wada's works often represent a variety of mediums which include Gocco prints, paper-cut, acrylic, and vinyl toys.
This is not the first time both artists appeared at Gallery Nucleus; previously in October 2007, both artist's works appeared at the same gallery. This past September, Mizuno appeared in San Francisco to sign autographs.
Artist Toshio Saeki, a contributor to Seirinkogeisha's AX alternative anthology magazine, will exhibit at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco starting on Thursday. The gallery will focus on Saeki's chinto works, a modernized take on traditional Japanese woodcut printing in which color is added by using overlays.
The gallery will also be selling a new large-format art book by Saeki titled Demon Shadow. The works are reproduced with vellum overlays to demonstrate his technique for adding color to the black and white originals. The volume was published by Last Gasp in August.
Source: Same Hat!