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Junko Mizuno exhibition heads to the University of Cumbria in Carlisle

Junko Mizuno - Jigoku Dayu
Junko Mizuno – Jigoku Dayu

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.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival Poster 2019. Art by Junko Mizuno. Designed by Curious RoadJunko 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.

Junko Mizuno exhibition 2019 • 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)

Details here on the University of Cumbria web site and on The Vellum Gallery social media – Facebook and Twitter

Read our 2019 interview with Junko Mizuno

For more information on Junko’s work visit www.mizuno-junko.com

• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is back in Kendal in the Lake District 11th – 13th October 2019: www.comicartfestival.com Podcast | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter |Youtube

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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