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14/10/2022 - 27/11/2022

Contemporary - Painting


Group Show - KAWAII

Mon-Sat: 10-6pm

Maddox Gallery is delighted to present Kawaii, a curated group exhibition featuring works by Javier Calleja, Cheng Zhe, Jo Gyuhun, Toachi, Wahyu ‘Adin’ Wiedyardini, Javier Gonzalez Burgos, Cheong Yoon, Bibi Lei, SPIME, Hana, Wakaru, Brad Donovan and STIK.

"Kawaii is a sentiment that reveals through its historical roots, the complex energy of Japanese culture, and a breakaway from tradition. The term directly translates to “cute”, but should not be mistaken for childlike innocence. Although simplistic in aesthetic, it is packed with symbolic meaning.

The kaleidoscopic and pastel colours, coupled with nostalgic fantasies and the adorable characters, namely children, evoke a sense of sympathy verging on pity in the viewer. Infectious angelic features are subtly embedded with tones of mischief and mayhem, referencing the darker undercurrents of emotion within the genre; these characters are the embodiment of a lost innocence."


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