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Dorothy Circus Gallery is pleased to welcome the summer season with the double solo show dedicated to Millo and Hikari Shimoda, two great characters of the international contemporary art scene. This event is supported by the Fondazione Italia Giappone (Italy Japan Foundation) and is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020 promoted by Japanese Embassy in the UK.
The colourful and disarming artworks by the Japanese painter Hikari Shimoda will intertwine with the emotional and poetic Street Art by the Italian Millo, filling up Dorothy Circus Gallery’s walls in both Rome and London. The intense dialogue between their artworks highlights their unique representation of adolescence and modern youth.
Each artist will present a brand new collection of 10-12 works on canvas of various formats, all differently being part of a common theme. They will both display stories, expectations and fragility of timeless generations—today's teenagers and of their parents, yesterday’s eternal children.
In her new series of paintings titled Stand Up, Saviour, he Japanese artist, Hikari Shimoda, paints using bright colours and illustrative techniques that combine brushstrokes, lettering and collage. Her work is uniquely made by a juxtaposition of horror and sweetness, a dichotomy that perfectly reflects today's society. Star-eyed children are a direct quote to the superhero child of Manga culture, their desire and strength to grow to protect all the children of the world from violence and loneliness. At the same time these characters also reveal the uncertainty and fragility of their own future and that of a tainted and lost childhood.
Similarly, Millo's exhibition, titled Where The Streets Disappear, reflects on the fragility of human existence and on the importance of each individual’s personal growth, in relation to the social and urban context in which they live. Millo constantly investigates our surroundings, the place and time we live in, our space in the world and within the walls of our homes. He constantly enriches his personal research with new suggestions, using his unmistakable aesthetic to explore our inner nature. His murals are like doors open into the human mind and heart, and resonate with the most intimate and sincere desires, giving a new voice to those feelings that bring us closer to each other: Love, Hope, Justice, Loneliness and Fear.
Whilst discussing universal themes of modernity and youth, this exhibition will also engage the visitor in an intercultural and open dialogue, building bridges between British, Italian, and Japanese cultures despite the uncertain present.
About Hikari Shimoda
Sparkling and sweet, Hikari Shimoda’s work is at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Based in Nagano, Japan, Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a professional contemporary artist in 2008. Soon after, she was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo and has since held exhibitions in galleries worldwide, including Japan, China, the United States, and Canada. She will be exhibiting in a solo show for the first time in Europe with Dorothy Circus Gallery, whilst preparing for a museum and solo show in Hong Kong.
Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as “Millo” was born in 1979; he is an Italian street artist who paints large-scale murals that feature friendly giant inhabitants exploring their urban setting. He took part in several street art festival and NGOs art events, both nationally and internationally, and his work has been exhibited in USA, Russia, China, Australia, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Morocco, Germany, Spain, Portugal, UK, Netherland, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and of course Italy. In 2014 he won the B.ART competition that enabled him to paint 13 multi-story murals in the city of Turin (IT).
About Dorothy Circus Gallery
Dorothy Circus Gallery is a space dedicated to the most intriguing avant-garde in contemporary art, throwing a spotlight on the prime movers and forerunners of the fascinating USA-born movement known as low-brow or Pop Surrealism. The gallery is also committed to introducing the New Surrealism and Magic Realism movements to the international art scene, with the aim of always providing a complete vision of three of the main contemporary art fields: Asian Art, Street Art and Pop Surrealism.
Dorothy Circus Gallery opened in Rome in 2007 and rapidly affirmed itself within the Italian art and cultural scene. In 2017, on the occasion of its 10th year anniversary, Dorothy Circus launched a temporary gallery in the charming district of Notting Hill. The gallery subsequently moved to a permanent location a few steps from Marble Arch, at 35 Connaught Street, in November 2018, continuing to reach new audiences and to deliver thought-provoking exhibitions.
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