From the land of the rising sun, Japan to Hong Kong the delightful and ever so funny DEHARA will be heading to Hong Kong. Angel Abby SPACE will host the DEHARA solo exhibition and if anything is to go by past exhibitions and events, this should be a crowd pulling event. Dehara Yukinori toys have been at the core of the weird/wacky and humorous Japanese toy movement right now and to have a solo show at Angel Abby SPACE will be an eye opener for sure. Expect prototypes, one of a kind, exclusives releases, time to clear your calendar for the DEHARA Exhibition at Angel Abby SPACE.
Dehara Yukinori, a Japanese Figure Illustrator, has an extensive scope of Yukinori-mania support. For those who first approach his work, however, the figures may come across as questionable. Compared to the general successful artist we expect to see with perfection, elaborate and detailed technique, his unique points are elsewhere. He often works with paper clay creating spontaneous sculptures in a short amount of time. The medium and technique he uses create unstable, rough and individual forms.
Dehara’s figures have genuine, overly realistic forms and at the same time incorporated in it, are strange and fabricated elements inspired by B-horror movies. One of the representative characters, ‘Satoshisan’ is an archetypal middle-aged salary man: a few strands of hair crossing over the bright crown; kind and slanted eyebrows; the perfect set of teeth behind the brightly smiling lips. He has shown many other characters in various versions and colors like, ‘Molin’ the monster rabbit with six eyes, ‘Jijo’ a Japanese traditional stone sculpture and more.
His figures are at times scary and grotesque, at times cute and cuddly and at times slightly perverse with his own unique wit. On masculine elements and rather rough images, he adds hot pink, yellow and other various colors. Kitsch yet beautiful colors in his works are also what make his art world distinctive.