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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.
"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."
"I have followed Kawasaki’s work for 8 years through her blog. Not only is she prolific, but the thing that impresses me the most is the ability she has to constantly keep her work fresh and cutting-edge. Her paintings never grow tired. She is always evolving as an artist, but her impeccable execution and authenticity remain. In my opinion, this is the sign of a true master."