Atomica Gallery, in association with Comica Festival, present Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno, a retrospective solo exhibition from celebrated Japanese artist Junko Mizuno. Bringing together a collection of original paintings, rare limited edition prints, iconic silk-screen gig posters and other works from throughout her career, Belle is the first ever showing of Mizuno’s work in London and a rare opportunity for British audiences to view and purchase work from the cult artist.
Born in Japan and currently residing in San Francisco, Mizuno is a self-taught artist who is recognized for her unique style of powerful and erotic female imagery. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her psychedelic female characters exude positive energy and playful sexuality. Submerged in 70’s Japanese cute-culture whilst growing up in Tokyo, Mizuno is also inspired by countless other pop-cult sources including toys, comics, food and music, as well as fetish, folk and religious art.
An accomplished manga graphic novelist, Mizuno has published numerous books. She has created artwork for bands such as The Melvins, Faith No More and Mudhoney, designed vinyl figures for Kidrobot and animated the titles for Jonathan Ross’s BBC TV series Japanorama. She has previously exhibited in cities worldwide including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin and Rome.