Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno

Posted on October 23, 2014 by

This is a guest post by Nicolette, who we sent to check out a new exhibition in London. We’d like to cover more kawaii events so if you’re planning on going to something, get in touch!

Atomica Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno is a Japanese artist whose work is a mixture of cute and disturbing. Her cartoon style uses lots of bright colours and glitter and features fun little details, such as the adorable skeletal gingerbread men in ‘Pancakes’.

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The exhibition at Atomica Gallery in Covent Garden was small (only around 20 pieces) but well attended and I enjoyed all the artworks on display. My favourite piece was ‘Kappa Baby’ because it is cute and glittery and painted onto Japanese paper (washi). Such a great idea!

junko mizuno kappa baby

I also particularly liked ‘Euphoria: Cats’ with its trio of playful felines, ‘Swans Tokyo 2013’ and ‘Jugoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan)’.

junko mizuno euphoria:cats

This is the first time Junko’s art has been displayed in London and I would definitely recommend this exhibition to anyone who likes a touch of the macabre with their kawaii!

Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno‘ is on at the Atomica Gallery until the 28th of October.

All photos by Nicolette Smith.

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  • Reply
    Shauna s.
    October 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love Junko Mizuno’s work. I have to find where to buy some of her stuff. It’s so unique.

  • Reply
    Nancy C
    November 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Wow! I’m glad you got to go and experience her art firsthand! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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