Mitsuru Watanake is a Japanese artist best known for his paintings of his daughter Naoko. His painting style is bright, colorful and imaginative. Naoko bask in iconic landscape, wearing varying expressions of serene neutrality in both acquiescence and juxtaposition to their surroundings. He incorporates familiar fragments of classical paintings, finding inspiration in iconic artists. He mixes modern and classics as well as Western and Eastern influences. The visual experience is refined, romantic yet light-hearted. The artist once said, ‘Try to imagine artist’s work in a surreal public space, in the imaginary world everything can raise questions, and nothing is prohibited.” His recent exhibitions include: “Beauty of Eastern Japan- Mountains” (2002, Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan); “Fantasy and Absurd Reality of Japanese Contemporary Art” (2012, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia).  

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