A free exhibition of art by Junko Mizuno, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, goes on display at the University of Cumbria‘s Brampton Road Campus in Carlisle, Cumbria in October – and the artist herself will make an appearance 10th October.
Junko Mizuno grew up in Tokyo, Japan but now lives in San Francisco. She has achieved international success with many exhibitions, festivals and books featuring her work over her career to date. She has even had art works made and retailed by Ikea.
Junko has been involved in a Comics Cultural Exchange organised by the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival this year, backed by the British Council, and also designed this year’s Festival poster.
Her stunning work is instantly recognisable for her unique visual iconography of powerful women portrayed in a manga style, often termed as ‘Gothic ka-waii’ or ‘kawaii noir,’ although her work is ever-changing and influenced by many genres.
Her sources of inspiration include fetish art, folk art, religious art, psychedelic art, pin-up art, advertising, vintage toys, fashion, comics, food, nature, film, television, computer games… almost everything that features in her every-day life.
• The Junko Mizuno exhibition opens on 7th October and runs until 25th October 2019 (10.00am – 4.00pm) at the Vellum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Brompton Road. Junko will be at the exhibition on 10th October (12.15pm – 1.30pm)