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Belle: The Art Of Junko Mizuno



Comica Festival in association with Atomica Gallery are proud to present Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno, a retrospective solo exhibition from celebrated Japanese artist Junko Mizuno. Bringing together a collection of original paintings, rare limited edition prints, iconic gig silk-screen posters and other works from throughout her esteemed career, “Belle” is the first ever showing of Mizuno’s work in London and a rare opportunity for British audiences to view and purchase work from the cult artist. The exhibition will take place at Atomica Gallery in Covent Garden from October 20th-28th, 2014 and will be opened by Jonathan Ross (below, right, with Junko Mizuno left, and Holly Lander, co-director of Atomica, centre).

Born in Japan and currently residing in San Francisco, Mizuno is a self-taught artist who is recognized for her unique style of powerful and erotic female imagery. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her psychedelic female characters exude positive energy and playful sexuality. Submerged in 70s Japanese cute-culture whilst growing up in Tokyo, Mizuno is also inspired by countless other pop-cult sources including toys, comics, food and music, as well as fetish, folk and religious art.

An accomplished manga graphic novelist, Mizuno has published numerous books including surreal two-volume graphic novel Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu. She has created concert artwork for bands such as The Melvins, Faith No More, Mudhoney and Swans, designed vinyl figures for Kidrobot (including ‘Kuro Migami’ which is included in this exhibition) and animated the titles for Jonathan Ross’s BBC TV series Japanorama. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries worldwide including in LA, New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin, and Rome and has featured in several influential art publications including the front cover of Hi-Fructose magazine.

Junko Mizuno’s visit to the UK is also made possible thanks to GB Sasakawa Foundation, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Tickets: Admission Free
Where: Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP
When: October 20 to October 28, 2014

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