Audrey Kawasaki is an LA based artist whose paintings have enthralled me for a number of months now (since my lovely colleague Rebecca introduced me to her work). She draws inspiration from Japanese manga and Art Nouveau, morphing them into her own precise, alluring style.
She intertwines the beautiful with the odd and the erotic with the innocent, creating images that contradict each other. More often than not, she will paint girls with a soft sadness in their eyes (the part she spends the most time on) likening them to “ghosts” that are “distant, elusive and unattainable”.
At such a young age (late twenties), Audrey has a very large fan base and number of collectors. She has held numerous exhibitions all over the world and is currently showing her work here in Australia through the Outre Galleries. Melbourne’s exhibition is open until November 10th.