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On Saturday, CHG Circa revealed Kazuki Takamatsu’s much anticipated second solo with the gallery (previewed here), “Spiral of Emotions”. Takamatsu, who was in attendance from Japan, has captured the curiosity of his fans with his signature technique called Depth Mapping. Ask Takamatsu about his perplexing style and he might label it as “Shojo-Irasuto”, or a style of illustration inspired by Japanese girl’s comics. He is part of a new generation that celebrates its pop culture, which we see in his goddess-like school girls with a heavenly aura. Takamatsu once fronted his own punk rock band, “Almond Crush”, and follows current fashion trends, but he also has a spiritual side rooted in cultural tradition. His twelve new paintings explore this tug of war between the old and new.

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Japanese painter Yumiko Kayukawa will debut new work on June 11th at Foley Gallery, New York. Kayukawa grew up in a small town in Hokkaido, Japan. She found a love of animals in her natural surroundings, and they continue to embody important themes in her work. Except for the show’s titular piece “Fire Horse” (Hinoe Uma), don’t expect 11 paintings of horses in this show. Depicted in her contemporary Manga (Japanese comics) inspired style, girls appear in fantasical scenes with a variety of new animal counterparts. See more after the jump!