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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.

  • "Children of this Planet" #10, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #10
  • "The Cosmos Are None of My Business", Mixed media on canvas, 2013
    Cosmos Are None of My Business
  • "Children of this Planet" #8, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #8
  • "Astro Boy", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Astro Boy
  • "Children of this Planet" #7, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #7
  • "End of Sorrow", Collage on canvas, 2014
    End of Sorrow
  • "Children of this Planet" #6, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #6
  • "Apocalypse", Oil on canvas, 2014
    Apocalypse
  • "Children of this Planet" #5, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Children of this Planet #5
  • "Hello World", Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Hello World
  • "Who Will Save the Magical Girl?", Oil on canvas, 2011
    Who Will Save the Magical Girl?
  • "Whereabouts of God" #13, Oil on cotton, mounted on board, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #13
  • "Stroll In Space", Collage on canvas, 2014
    Stroll In Space
  • "The World We Do Not Know, Today", Oil on canvas, 2012
    The World We Do Not Know
  • "Whereabouts of God" #11, Oil on cotton, mounted on board, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #11
  • "Loneliness", Collage on canvas, 2014
    Loneliness
  • "The Eulogy at a Funeral", Oil on canvas, 2013
    Eulogy at a Funeral
  • "Whereabouts of God" #10, Oil on panel, 2014
    Whereabouts of God #10
  • "Leave Me Alone", Collage on canvas, 2014
    Leave Me Alone
  • "Children of this Planet" #22, Oil on panel, 2014
    Children of this Planet #22
  • "Children of this Planet" #20, Collage on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #20
  • "Whereabouts of God" #8, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #8
  • "Happy?", Collage on panel, 2014
    Happy?
  • "Children of this Planet" #19, Collage on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #19
  • "Whereabouts of God" #7, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #7
  • "At Dusk", Watercolor and acrylic on panel, 2015
    At Dusk
  • "Children of this Planet" #18, Oil on cotton, mounted on board, 2014
    Children of this Planet #18
  • "Whereabouts of God" #6, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #6
  • "Love and Bye-bye", Collage on canvas, 2015
    Love and Bye-bye
  • "Children of this Planet" #17, Oil on cotton, mounted on board, 2014
    Children of this Planet #17
  • "Whereabouts of God" #5, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #5
  • "Children of this Planet #16", Oil on cotton, mounted on board, 2014
    Children of this Planet #16
  • "Whereabouts of God" #4, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Whereabouts of God #4
  • "Children of this Planet" #13, Mixed media on canvas, 2014
    Children of this Planet #13
  • "Whereabouts of God" #3, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #3
  • "Children of this Planet" #12, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #12
  • "Whereabouts of God" #2, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #2
  • "Children of this Planet" #11, Oil on canvas, 2013
    Children of this Planet #11
  • "Whereabouts of God" #1, Oil on canvas, 2012
    Whereabouts of God #1

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