Nataly Abramovitch AKA KuKula‘s new show, Lonely Opulent Things, opens today at the Corey Helford Gallery, with guest artist Natalie Shau. This Rococo-inspired new collection is bright with delicate, playful pastels redolent of Marie Antoinette’s exuberant era and features KuKula’s signature sweetness of style combined with melancholy and decadence, and themes of corrupted innocence. It is just so colorful!
Yay, I received my very own print of Mark Ryden’s Puella Animo Aureo today! It shall go next to my Dilka Bear print.
Hikari Shimoda‘s creepy paintings of children depict them as sweet, sinister, wounded and abused. The eerie mouths, asymmetrical, strange little faces and one-eyed appearance (often one milky eye, one bruised and bloody-looking) of these alien but painfully familiar little beings, rendered in bright or pastel, almost child-friendly, but also quite subtly mixed and profound, colors, all serve to give a creeping sense of the corruption of innocent childhood, an inversion of the saccharine bliss associated with little children.
As Shimoda explains in her artist’s statement, “Contrasting with my daily cheerful demeanor, my unexpressed emotions accumulate inside of me. I feel like an outsider, isolated, lost, and have a hard time building relationships with others, but I never give up being part of the world. The secret to survival? Observe, feel, and listen to yourself. I stand in front of my canvas and confront it, releasing all the built-up unverbalized emotions, the chaos, and the unnoticeable darkness. Even though I know my contrasting side will be shone in the light with no place to hide, I paint to live and to be connected in this world. I accept and understand myself more through my artistic processes than anything else. As I know myself more, I can see others better.
My motif is mainly children. They are nobody, and yet, they could be somebody. They could be me as a small child, or they could be somebody’s inner child. Children, as ambiguous of an existence as they are, reflect my personal world and the universal problems that society today has.”
Tags: bandages, bizarre, bruises, children, colorful, cute n creepy little creatures, distorted bodies, dollflesh, injuries, innocence/menace, lolita-esque, mute, neo-victorian, pastel, surreal, twins/doppelgangers/doubles, unnaturally colored flesh, wound
Karolin Felix is a Dublin-based artist who creates sweet, pretty, sensual, pastel-colored digital paintings featuring dainty women, often mutated or in some way deviating from the physically normal but delicately beautiful, with just an edge of evil or menace flickering like a tongue around them.
James Jean is a Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator. His brand of colorful, macabre, and wacky surrealism contains elements from mythology, Asian art, and anatomical illustrations; childhood, sexuality, and transformation are common themes. His style is fluid and graceful, often using soft colors that make the nightmares and scenes of grisly slaughter strangely friendly.
Darla Teagarden is a wonderful surreal and whimsical fashion photographer based in Austin, Texas. Her dreamy photography combines influences from the ’20s and the Victorian era, and takes place in a beautifully pastel-colored, wonderfully artificial landscape with a radiant glow around everything. This world is populated by tender and strangely lovely denizens created with the aid of makeup and styling. Her images tell stories of the never-existent past brought to life in the bizarre and twisted present, of bow-lipped lovers, enchanted maidens, and dignified personages in a magical fairy-tale land. Her photographs are beautifully manipulated, with a distinctive style all their own. They are both vividly and softly colored. Soft, hazy photography with an edge.
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