junkomizuno_ambrocialaffair

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Ambrosial Affair
Junko Mizuno Solo Exhibition

From Feb 21 – March 14, 2015

Narwhal Contemporary is pleased to present Ambrosial Affair, an exhibition of new works by internationally celebrated Japanese artist Junko Mizuno. The second in a three-part exhibition series titled ‘Junko Mizuno’s Food Obsession’, Ambrosial Affair invites viewers into a world of delightfully dark and erotic food fetishes that views eating as a metaphor for female sexual appetite and power. The twenty works on display highlight Mizuno’s mastery of both traditional Japanese and contemporary illustrative techniques. Using acrylic, ink and graphite Mizuno has created visually stunning and content-rich pieces that walk a fascinating line between the adorable, humorous, mysterious and grotesque.

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.

Mizuno’s work is rich with historical and cultural influence, reaching across centuries of human history and spanning traditions from both Eastern and Western worlds. One reoccurring image is that of the iconic multi-armed goddess cloaked in symbols of life and wisdom, surrounded by fleets of devoted minions and enveloped in flames that will never consume her. In a fascinating and humorous contemporary twist, Mizuno seamlessly integrates elements of popular food culture into these scenes of holy devotion. The goddesses of Ambrosial Affair are armed with coffee pots and pomegranate juice, surrounded by rainbows of bacon and speaking in the tongue of fried eggs. Interested in the ‘sin’ of over-eating, Mizuno has created scenes that fetishize food as a source of self-pleasure and a receptacle for sexual desire. Staring out at us with enigmatic eyes and knowing smiles, these goddesses are mischievous and selfish, using their hedonistic tendencies to increase their seductive draw. With traditional powers of fertility, reproduction and grace in tact, the subjects of Mizuno’s paintings embody a playful and empowered energy that reclaims food consumption as a source of female pride and shameless joy.

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For inquiries, please contact Kristin Weckworth:
kristin@narwhalcontemporary.com
647.346.5317
All prices in USD.


Paintings

Junko MIzunoNoodles, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas. 16 x 20in.

Junko MIzuno
Noodles
, 2015
Acrylic on Canvas.
20 x 16 in. unframed, 23 x 19 in. framed
SOLD


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

Junko Mizuno
Bacon
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in. unframed, 19 x 23 in. framed
SOLD

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

Junko Mizuno
Coffee
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in. unframed, 19 x 23 in. framed
$3800


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

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in. unframed, 19 x 23 in. framed
$3800

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

Junko Mizuno
Eggs
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in. unframed, 19 x 23 in. framed
$3800

Acrylic and Ink on Paper

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

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate II
, 2015
Acrylic , ink on paper
17 x 14 in. unframed, 24 x 20 in. framed
SOLD


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

Junko Mizuno
Bacon II
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper
14 x 17 in. unframed, 20 x 24 in. framed
$1400

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

Junko Mizuno
Coffee II
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper
14 x 17 in. unframed, 20 x 24 in. framed
SOLD


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

Junko Mizuno
Eggs II
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper
14 x 17 in. unframed, 20 x 24 in. framed
SOLD

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

Junko Mizuno
Noodles II
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper
14 x 17 in. unframed, 20 x 24 in. framed
$1400


Graphite Studies

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

Junko Mizuno
Bacon
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.
$450

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

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


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

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.
$450

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

Junko Mizuno
Eggs
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 14 x 17 in.
$450


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

Junko Mizuno
Noodles
, 2015
Graphite on paper. 17 x 14 in.
17 x 14 in. unframed
SOLD

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

Junko Mizuno
Bacon II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 9 x 16 in.
$350

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

Junko Mizuno
Eggs II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 9 x 16 in.
$350


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

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 16 x 9 in.
$350


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

Junko Mizuno
Noodles II
, 2015
Graphite on paper 9 x 16 in.
$350

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

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


Framed Artwork Photos

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