Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

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Pick of the Week: Hikari Shimoda Postcards

This week’s pick is the Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda postcard set available through Akatako. This set includes 10 postcards featuring her paintings from 2013 and a personally signed sticker. Shimoda work is inspired by the anime and manga she grew up with and the idea that children are desired by society to save the world. I’m obsessed with her work and love her unique depiction of children and humanity.  There is so much expression in her portraits that I couldn’t resist picking up these postcards. The postcards are good quality and have a shiny front and back and come in very minimal packaging (a blue envelope). The paintings featured for the most are not full sized which is a shame and for that reason would likely not be as suitable to be used as mini-prints but I do love that she included the name and medium of each painting and displaying them much like she would in a gallery. Over all I think for the price and considering the rarity of being able to see a piece of her art in person let alone how limited her prints are this is a great way to enjoy her work . If you want to see more of her work, check out her website and Akatako also has originals and limited prints of her work as well. Below I have a closer look at each postcard and the sticker signed by Hikari Shimoda.

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Featured Artist: Caitlin Hackett

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Feature Artist: Caitlin Hackett

This week’s featured artist is one of my current obsessions Caitlin Hackett. She is an artist based out of Brooklyn whose medium is illustration and paintings.  She grew up in northern California and says her love of nature came from being “surrounded by redwood trees and mountains” and it’s easy to see that in her work. Most of her current works heavily feature the theme of anthropomorphism and mysticism in relation to animals. Her work deals with the conflicting existence of both humans and animals in the same space and the relations between them. The underline tension we as humans have with nature seem to be one of the causes for the rather dark tone of her work. The nuances are there however I don’t think her work is heavy handed with any kind of direct message. Her explorations of the conflict is very gripping and the images she creates although grotesque in their transformation still contain that regal and haunting beauty that all creations of nature have.  I adore her work and have several prints of her paintings hanging in my house; I would recommend checking out her work. Below is a few of my favourites pieces and the links on where to find her below that.

Contemporary Mythology (website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Gallery Nucleus (originals)
 
StoreEnvy (originals and prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Caitlin Hackett.

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Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Zina Nedelcheva

Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Lazarina Nedelcheva is an illustrator and painter from Bulgaria who I found one day on Society6 by chance and whose work I fell in love with. Although I should say fell in love is not as accurate as it would be to say creped out and thus enthralled with her work. Artwork that makes you feel uncomfortable and confronts you with a certain emotion and makes feel like you have to stare at it to somehow ‘figure it out’ for me is the greatest art. Her work does exactly that, especially her paintings of semi-human like bodies with childlike faces that are both familiar yet odd at the same time. I find myself transfixed by the faces; they appear to be faces yet at the same time masks. You are never sure if you are looking at children wearing a jumper of an animal or unknown human like figure wearing a mask. I find her work illuminating and her way of adding accessories to the characters to add depth and story is riveting because it usually just leaves the viewer with more questions. The lack of color of her work also allows you to be drawn in and notice the more increate parts of her paintings and creates this world of polka dots and stripes that her characters seem to co-exist in. I find it fascinating, and was even more delighted to find she makes dolls and brooches as well that carry over this imaginary world. Her dolls and brooches although different in body from her paintings feature the same circular faces/masks upon them. They are just as odd and familiar as her other work. Her world is one that I am very intrigued to see where it goes. She to me is an artist I am waiting for more from as I cannot get enough.

Zina Arts (website)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Etsy (originals and brooches)
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Lazarina Nedelcheva.

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