Kittens in outer space. Awesome.
Misaki Kawai paints in the same way that I think: loud colours, block shapes, and surreal landscapes. Akin more so to Graffiti than traditional ideas of painting, these psychotropic images could be the basis for a cartoon, the outside wall of an abandoned factory, or the illustrations for a children book. It is this innocence in representational terms that makes me giggle – the elaborate brush strokes, off the wall characters and juxtaposed colours all contribute to the happy feelings. Part storytelling / part make-believe, I would like to see all of the characters created by Kawai in their own TV show – why do I immediately think of Ren & Stimpy? Kawai also makes some incredible sculptures in a similar aesthetic, yet I think that what makes these paintings so successful is the combination of chunky brushstrokes and glossy colours. You can tell that Kawai has had a lot of fun.
Text By Marion Piper