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Kawaii Art Show at The Japanese Friendship Garden

Hikari is one of over 25 international artists featured in the next exhibit in the Japanese Friendship Garden's Inamori Pavilion: Cute, C

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Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Soon afterward, Shimoda was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo, and since then has held exhibitions annually in galleries worldwide, spanning Japan, the United States, Canada, and Milano, Italy. Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga.

There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view. In her “Whereabouts of God” portrait series of other-worldly horned children, she also comments on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as savior of humanity and mirror of our fantasy heroes. These characters not only represent heroism but an adult desire to watch our children grow and defend the world we have constructed. With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world.

  • "Blue Horns, Red Scarf", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Blue Horns, Red Scarf
  • "Blue Horns, White Scarf", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Blue Horns, White Scarf
  • "Children of this Planet" #29, Oil on canvas, 2015
    Children of this Planet #29
  • "Whereabouts of God" #18, Oil on canvas, 2015
    Whereabouts of God #18
  • "Whereabouts of God" #17, Oil on canvas, 2015
    Whereabouts of God #17
  • "Children of this Planet #30", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Children of this Planet #30
  • "Children of this Planet" #28, Oil on canvas, 2015
    Children of this Planet #28
  • "Children of this Planet #27", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Children of this Planet #27
  • "Children of this Planet #26", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Children of this Planet #26
  • "Dream Child", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Dream Child
  • "All Alive", Mixed media on canvas, 2015
    All Alive
  • "Darkness", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Darkness
  • "Child on the Edge", Oil on canvas, 2015
    Child on the Edge
  • "Who Will Save the Magical Girl?", Oil on canvas, 2011
    Who Will Save the Magical Girl?
  • "Whereabouts of God" #3, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #3
  • "Whereabouts of God" #2, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #2
  • "Whereabouts of God" #1, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #1
  • "Children of this Planet" #8, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #8
  • "Children of this Planet" #7, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #7
  • "Children of this Planet" #6, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #6
  • "Children of this Planet" #5, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #5
  • "The World We Do Not Know", Oil on canvas, 2012
    The World We Do Not Know
  • "Whereabouts of God" #11, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #11
  • "Start from Zero", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Start from Zero
  • "Children of this Planet" #22, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #22
  • "Whereabouts of God" #10, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #10
  • "Children of this Planet #21", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #21
  • "Children of this Planet" #20, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #20
  • "Children of this Planet" #19, Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #19
  • "Children of this Planet" #18, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #18
  • "Children of this Planet" #17, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #17
  • "Children of this Planet #16", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #16
  • "Whereabouts of God" #0, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #0
  • "Children of this Planet" #13, Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #13
  • "Children of this Planet #14", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #14
  • "Whereabouts of God" #12, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #12
  • "Children of this Planet #15", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #15
  • "Whereabouts of God" #14, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #14
  • "Whereabouts of God" #15, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #15
  • "Apocalypse", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Apocalypse
  • "Whereabouts of God" #16, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #16
  • "Hello World", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Hello World
  • "Children of this Planet #23", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #23
  • "Lonely Child #1", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Lonely Child #1
  • "Stroll In Space", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Stroll In Space
  • "Children of this Planet #24", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #24
  • "Lonely Child #2", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Lonely Child #2
  • "Leave Me Alone", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Leave Me Alone
  • "Children of this Planet #25", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #25
  • "Lonely Child #3", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Lonely Child #3
  • "Whereabouts of God" #13, Oil on canvas, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #13
  • "Happy?", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Happy?
  • "Come Together, Again and Again", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Come Together, Again and Again
  • "Eulogy at a Funeral", Oil on canvas, 2013
    Eulogy at a Funeral
  • "Whereabouts of God" #8, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #8
  • "Whereabouts of God" #7, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #7
  • "Whereabouts of God" #6, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #6
  • "Whereabouts of God" #9, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #9
  • "Whereabouts of God" #5, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #5
  • "Children of this Planet #9", Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #9
  • "Whereabouts of God" #4, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #4
  • "Children of this Planet" #12, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #12
  • "Children of this Planet" #11, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #11
  • "Children of this Planet" #10, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #10
  • "Cosmos Are None of My Business", Mixed media on canvas, 2013
    Cosmos Are None of My Business

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