Sunday, September 12, 2010

Audrey Kawasaki: Manga meets Art Nouveau

Audrey Kawasaki is a very precise painter, utilizing bold, beautiful, sharp line-work and slight shading to communicate female figures. And though I don't favor her delicate style, I do favor her subject matter and materials. Audrey primarily paints on wood, depicting seductive females, sometimes alone, sometimes interacting with another, floating in a serene realm. However, that's not to say these figures exist blissfully, or that she intends the "realms" to be serene. In fact, there's something disturbing about them. And in the case of works like the one depicted second to last below, I kind of wish Audrey would take the whimsical and morbid a few steps further... But that's just me.

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