Wilkinson Gallery on Vyner Street in London is presenting an exhibition of Japanese artist Makiko Kudo. Her colorful paintings reflect her own imagination while referencing classical Japanese imagery and modern manga comics in luscious landscapes. They also bring to mind Claude Monet’s impressionist depiction of water lilies.
There is a lone childish figure in the midst of nature in each of these
paintings that reflect the isolated youth of Japan in the 90s, when she
was growing up as part of a generation living in escapism against a
depressed economy, and resisting the
traditional social structures of her parents' generation.
Floating Island below reminds me of the paintings of Hernan Bas, her generational peer growing up in Miami, also painting similar scenes of isolation in nature.
Kudo, like her peers, consumed manga
comics and computer games, finding escape in the alternate worlds of these mediums. These influences are
reflected in the cartoonish, childish characters in her paintings, who
seem to resist the constraints of adulthood and suffer from