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Hikari Shimoda  ✨Nagano🍣JapanπŸ’‹ ✨Artist/PainterπŸŽ¨πŸ’• πŸ’Œ info@hikarishimoda.com


Detail ✨

Here's a peek at a new piece I'm working on. πŸ‘€ I've been thinking a lot about the afterlife while painting this. In Buddhism, death is not the end of life, it is merely the end of the body we inhabit in this life, but our spirit will remain and seek out through the need of attachment, attachment to a new body and new life. Some of the motifs of death I'm using in this piece are a reflection of this philosophy. πŸ™ #FridayFeeling

This Saturday, 7-11pm, @coreyhelfordgallery is bringing back their popular group show "Art Collector Starter Kit" featuring 12x12" sized pieces from over 50 artists! Here's my contribution, entitled "Memento Mori Shi". (previous postπŸ’—)
This work centers on the theme of Memento Mori. πŸ’€ I put the Japanese character for shi ("death") on the upper left, as this is an angel sent from the spirit world to be a hero to the humans. This character, whom I call "Usagi Chan" (rabbit hero), is surrounded by "murmurs" represented by cute, happy stickers, which overlap with images of skulls - these multi-layers are my way of suggesting the work's complicated meaning.
I posted more about my piece on my blog at HikariShimoda.com. Link in bio. πŸ‘‹
To inquire about my artwork, please contact the gallery at sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Almost done πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Thank you to @camilladerrico for featuring me during your recent @beautifulbizarremagazine takeover!! πŸ™πŸ˜©πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
#Repost @beautifulbizarremagazine:
'The Whereabouts of God #3' - @hikarishimoda.
I love this piece, I love it and wish so desperately that I could own it. It’s so beautiful. It is serene yet disquieting. I’m almost at a loss for words, because I look at it with a deep sigh, like my soul just falls in love with this little demon every time. I love that there are dark elements mixed with the stickers. Hikari has the most perfect sense of neutral colours mixed with vivid colours. There’s such a beautiful blending of the two that it does disquiet and at the same time it makes you feel peaceful and happy.
@camilladerrico has TAKEN OVER beautiful.bizarre socials, check in all day to see some of her favourite pieces!

My art is on @creators_project blog today! Link in bio! πŸ‘† The article takes a cool look 😍 at my two main series, "Whereabouts of God" and "Children of This Planet":
"Hikari Shimoda imbues Japanese Pop with a deep existential anxiety to reveal her true feelings about society.
Inspired by Japanese pop culture, hyper-colored, starry-eyed portraits juxtapose dark themes of horror and loneliness in artist Hikari Shimoda's two series on Chernobyl, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and existential anxiety, Whereabouts of God and Children of This Planet."
To inquire about the works featured in the article, please email sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com. @coreyhelfordgallery

New cuteness! πŸ’˜ I just posted a video of my progress in my story feed. 🀘

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! In my recent solo show #MementoMori @coreyhelfordgallery it was important to me to represent women of different nationalities. I have previously painted women in my work as strong magical girls on a mission to save humanity.
@icanvas_art x National Museum of Women in the Arts have teamed up with contemporary female artists including myself to spread awareness of women in the arts. I'm proud to support this campaign to help eliminate the gap! Can you name #5WomenArtists? Let me know in the comments below! My top 5 are: Loretta Lux, Bjork, Yayoi Kusama, Masako Ando, Kimichi Nishiki
Link to the campaign in my bio! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€

New stickers!! β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’•πŸ’žπŸ’“πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’˜

Getting to work on some new pieces! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ First step☝️ background layer! πŸ’—

My show #MementoMori @coreyhelfordgallery has ended but you can now browse all of the pieces online at their website at CoreyHelfordGallery.com. This is my painting "Death and Angel" #3, oil on canvas, 18"x21".
My new works depict god-like characters who offer us relief. As human beings, we attack each other, make enemies, and so I surround them with angels of death. Also, there are children of various races in my new paintings. I wanted to draw upon a theme that was not specific to any race or country, but a theme that relates to the whole world. πŸŒŽπŸ’˜
To inquire, please email the gallery at sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Making some progress with this one today. This composition will feature multiple figures in the Christian angelic hierarchy. The girl and surrounding characters wear 6 wings to represent the seraphim, a celestial being with the fiery passion to do God's good work. ✨

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