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The themes in Audrey Kawasaki’s work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey’s precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter.
The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes.
"Audrey will always be one of my favorite modern day artists. Her art nouveau-inspired paintings are filled with beautiful heroines who have both a sense of fragility and strength."
"I remember when I first saw Audrey’s work as a teenager, it was one of those times when you audibly say ‘wow’. Her airy handling of oils almost makes you mistake the medium for watercolor. Audrey’s enigmatic figures have so much dimension, they seem to convey a sense of mystery, sensuality, and melancholy through their gaze."