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’.
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!
I also particularly liked ‘Euphoria: Cats’ with its trio of playful felines, ‘Swans Tokyo 2013’ and ‘Jugoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan)’.
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.
Nicolette is the sister of Marceline and is also totally obsessed with everything kawaii! She lives in London and has two adorable fluffy chinchillas called Maple & Truffles. She enjoys crafting with felt, dressing up in cute outfits, playing Animal Crossing and eating cake.