JUNKO MIZUNO

Born in Japan. Lives and works in San Francisco, USA.

With a greater practice that ranges from graphic novels to painting and designer multiples, Mizuno’s oeuvre includes traditional fairy tale tropes like revenge, retribution, tragedy and indulgence. Flowing lines combined with geometric shapes and symbolic content endow the works with the feel of an empowering emotional awakening that echoes the vibrant energy of Fin de Siécle European art. Spanning from her art deco and art nouveau influences are specific nods to the dark and alluring poster styles of 19th century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and the 1960s female-dominant bondage fetish comic book illustrations of American artist Eric Stanton. Mizuno has reimagined these histories through female Shojo gothic horror scenes and pinup girls that act as stylized expansions of her roots in the graphic novel and comic book genres. With bold black graphics and broad planes of deep, smooth colour that support details drawing from numerous sources, the works typify Mizuno’s unique and attracting trademark style.
As an accomplished illustrator, Mizuno began her career as an emerging graphic novelist in Japan with her original graphic novelPure Trance followed by manga adaptions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales Princess Mermaid, Cinderalla and Hansel & Gretel. As a rare female comic creator in Japan, Mizuno pioneered stories of powerful female protagonists within imaginary worlds that are equal parts American psychedelia, contemporary kawaii and gothic horror. Mizuno’s sweetly titillating horrific depictions of classic tales appealed to international audiences and she soon developed an intense cult following worldwide. Her most recent narrative work includes Hell Babies, Ravina the Witch and the ongoing series Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu.

» Junko Mizuno CV

EXHIBITIONS
FEB 2015 Ambrosial Affair, Solo Exhibition
MAR 2012 Venus Cake, Solo Exhibition
MAY 2009 Red Tresses & Freckles, Solo Exhibition

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Junko Mizuno Gallery Installation

SELECTED ARTWORK

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ArtichokesArchival Ink on 310gsm Hot press paper.24 x 30 in. paper size. Edition of 50.WIth S/N certificate.

Artichokes
Archival Ink on 310gsm Hot press paper.
24 x 30 in. paper size. Edition of 50.
WIth S/N certificate.

GoddessArchival Ink on 310gsm Hot press paper.24 x 24 in. paper size. Edition of 50.WIth S/N certificate.

Goddess
Archival Ink on 310gsm Hot press paper.
24 x 24 in. paper size. Edition of 50.
WIth S/N certificate.

Junko MizunoCoffee, 2015Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20  in.

Junko Mizuno
Coffee
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

Junko MizunoPomegranate, 2015Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

Junko MizunoPomegranate, 2015Graphite on paper. 14 x 17  in.

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.

Junko MizunoEggs, 2015Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20  in.

Junko Mizuno
Eggs
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

Junko MizunoEggs, 2015Graphite on paper. 14 x 17  in.

Junko Mizuno
Eggs
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.

Junko MizunoNoodles, 2015Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.

Junko Mizuno
Noodles
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.

Junko MizunoBacon, 2015Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.

Junko Mizuno
Bacon
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.

Junko MizunoBacon II, 2015Graphite on  paper 9 x 16 in.

Junko Mizuno
Bacon II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 9 x 16 in.

Junko MizunoEggs II, 2015Graphite on  paper 9 x 16 in.

Junko Mizuno
Eggs II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 9 x 16 in.

Junko MizunoBacon, 2015Graphite on paper. 14 x 17  in.

Junko Mizuno
Bacon
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.

Junko MizunoRasberry Cordial Graphite Study 9.75 x 14.5in. Graphite on paper 2009

Junko Mizuno
Rasberry Cordial Graphite Study

9.75 x 14.5in.
Graphite on paper 2009

Junko MizunoPomegranate II, 2015Graphite on  paper 16 x 9 in.

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 16 x 9 in.