Junko Mizuno is a Japanese artist whose work is a mixture of cute and disturbing. She has a new exhibition in London called Belle and I went to check it out.
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.
Her cartoon style uses lots of bright colours and glitter and features fun little details, such as the adorable skeletal gingerbread men in ‘Pancakes’.
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 enjoys crafting with felt, dressing up in cute outfits, playing Animal Crossing and eating cake.
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.
Nancy CNovember 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!