Need proof that 2021 will be a good year? If Hikari Shimoda has anything to do with the new year we can take it as a sign of hope. Dreams do come true! Apportfolio has announced the 5th sculpture with Hikari Shimoda! For us, Hikari Shimoda & Apportfolio have lit up The Toy Chronicle headquarters once again with the beautiful “FLOWER CHILD”.
Roses are red, violets are blue…
Based on Hikari’s original 2017 oil painting of a child decorated in colourful flowers, the figure marks the first girl in Hikari’s cast of collectable figures.
APPortfolio x Hikari Shimoda “FLOWER CHILD” special for Valentine’s day
To celebrate the coming Valentine’s day, Hikari Shimoda will launch her latest art piece titled “Flower Child” with APPortfolio. The newest art figurine with detail and colorful hydrangea flowers, is a 3D presentation of the original painting “Flower Child” she made in 2017 that shows the consistent creative style of the artist. In this art sculpture we see warmness and sweetness. The figurine is going to release on February 2nd, 2021 and ready to ship out before Valentine’s day as a sweet and memorable gift.
Work size: 30cm (H) x 26cm (L) x 24cm (D)
Global limit: 300
Selling price: USD560
Sale status: ready to ship
Sale time: 10:00 a.m. Beijing time, February 2nd, 2021
Official international website: www.apportfolioshop.com
Official China sales platform: “Dewu” App
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“Hikari Shimoda”, “APPortfolio”, “FLOWER CHILD”
You can find APPortfolio x Hikari Shimoda “FLOWER CHILD” and purchase it.
為了慶祝即將到來的情人節，下田光Hikari Shimoda攜手APPortfolio推出今年首個全新作品《Flower Child》。該雕塑作品以下田光2017年創作的油畫《Flower Child》為原畫設定，藝術雕像帶有細節和顏色鮮艷的繡球花。作品延續了藝術家一貫的創作風格之餘，更注入了豐富的情感與思考，同時帶來溫暖和甜美。該塑像將於2021年2月2日發布，現貨可隨即發送，為你準備好本年度一件令人難忘的甜蜜情人節禮物。
作品尺寸：30cm（H）x 26cm（L）x 24cm（D）
下田光 / APPortfolio / flower child
Sparkling and sweet, Hikari Shimoda’s work is at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Based in Nagano, Japan, Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a professional contemporary artist in 2008. Soon after, she was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo and has since held exhibitions in galleries worldwide, including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Inspired by the Japanese manga and anime from her youth, Shimoda’s work expresses modern day issues in colorful and illustrative techniques. Often depicting starry-eyed children, she dresses her characters in heroic costumes resembling Superman and magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who uses magic, revealing problems and struggles in contemporary society through a juxtaposition of brushwork, text, and collage. Such characters are a commentary on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as a savior of humanity, and a mirror of our fantasy heroes. They also represent our adult desire to nurture the children of the world and to defend the world we have constructed.
Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and accident of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Shimoda became increasingly interested in various connections in the world. In her portrait series “Whereabouts of God”, featuring other-worldly children adorned with a Chernobyl necklace, and “Children of This Planet”, children act as a blank canvas for what she describes as countless possibilities; where fantasy meets with reality, past meets future, life meets death, and a world that is yet to be reborn. Not only do eyes communicate each character’s personality, they are also a reflection of Shimoda’s own feelings and ideas:
“They are “anyone” who just exists. So, they could also exist beyond the realm of being children, and identify with anyone who might appreciate them. Those children who are wearing a vacant expression of despair and solitude are mirroring the emotions of the people who look at them. Those vacant children are, so to speak, “cups of my emotions”- something which I could pour my emotion into. Their sparkling eyes are staring into space, while reflecting both light and darkness, and those horns are a metaphor of wordless emotions like fury and despair that people feel towards unreasonable things in this world.” With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world. – hikarishimoda.com
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