On June 13, Korean painter Kwon Kyungyup (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24) and Japanese painter Kazuki Takamatsu (Hi-Fructose Vol. 16) will debut two solo shows at Rome’s Dorothy Circus Gallery: Kwon’s “White Elegy” and Takamatsu’s “Because I’m a Doll.” Both working with a frosty, white color palette, the two artists cultivate placid worlds populated by characters that deceptively seem untouched by human flaws.
Kwon and Takamatsu achieve this effect in strikingly different ways: Takamatsu, with his fascination with digital depth mapping, paints doll-like characters that appear at once holographic and ghostly. Meanwhile, Kwon’s approach comes closer to realism. The fair-skinned beauties in her paintings harbor painful secrets given away by their teary eyes and wary expressions. In focusing on characters that appear inhumanly flawless at a first glance, both artists reflect upon the darker elements of the human mind. Take a look at some of their artworks, images courtesy of Dorothy Circus Gallery, below.