We are happy to support the Corey Helford Gallery (Los Angeles, USA) presenting you the new works by the Japanese contemporary painter Mayuka Yamamoto and the San Francisco-based sculptor Erika Sanada.
Mayuka Yamamoto, whose works depict children sporting animal features and enigmatic expressions, is widely recognized as one of Japan’s leading second-generation contemporary artists. The artist’s oil paintings often appear reticent and introspective. The emotions of the child characters in Yamamoto’s works, or “animal boys” as she often calls them, are meant to be a mystery to the viewer. They exude an aura of otherworldly calm and demeanor that belie their true emotional and psychological states, juxtaposed against subtle settings painted in soft, muted color tones.
Erika Sanada is a ceramic artist who creates beautifully creepy creatures in relationships that are often sweet and sometimes sinister. As a perpetually worried soul, Sanada’s works are a way for the artist to confront the darker side of her nature as well as an outlet for the sensitivities etched on her personality through the bitter experiences of youth. She creates hand sculpted, hairless ceramic creatures and they are often adorable but also have bizarre shapes. Her artwork has been shown at a number of art fairs, museums and both domestic and international galleries.
Mayuka Yamamoto’s “Animal Crossing” and Erika Sanada’s “Dream State” solo shows will be available to view online soon on the gallery’s website.