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Stefan Stux Gallery Presents Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy
All Photos By Gail

If you are a fan of Surrealism, Japanese Manga, human bio-mechanical mutants or warped and unfathomably violent animated shows such as Super Jail, then you might want to stop over at the Stux Gallery on West 25th Street to check out Japanese artist Akikazu Iwamoto’s new collection of fantasy paintings entitled Secret Candy.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

According to the show’s press release by Lucy Li, “Akikazu creates wildly imaginative, candy-colored paintings and drawings that offer confronting, amusing and sometimes frightening revelations of our inflated inner desires in their most distilled state.”

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Some of his paintings reminded me thematically of the wildly imaginative fantasy worlds of Dr. Suess’s Children’s Books.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

It’s noteworthy that Akikazu was raised in Hiroshima (where he still lives), in a house just one kilometer away from the Atomic Bomb Dome. The images and artifacts of the Bomb affected him greatly during his childhood.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

The main thrust for his artwork is a general deep-seated sense of wickedness that he believes to exists in every human psyche. Akikazu cites Maurice Utrillo, an early 20 th century painter of emotionally charged Parisian landscapes, as one of his notable inspirations. His works are also influenced by the ethereal colors he witnessed during a trip to Nepal as well as the works of American painter Aaron Johnson and Canadian Marcel Dzama.

Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

His visions take place in a comprehensive atmosphere free from the restrictions of reality, where violently mutated creatures, detached body parts and nondescript organic forms are rendered masterfully, contending an inherent connection between violence and innocence.

These paintings are all fairly large in size and look much cooler in person than in photographs. If Secret Candy seems like your thing I encourage you to visit this exhibit before it’s over, which is always sooner than you think.

Secret Candy By Akikazu Iwamoto will be on Exhibit only until October 12th, 2013 at Stefan Stux Gallery, Located at 530 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Akikazu Iwamoto Secret Candy

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


“I Speak For The Trees!”

Beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was born on this day, March 2nd, in 1904! I loved Dr. Seuss’ books as a kid, my favorite being McElligot’s Pool, which I owned. Of the several animated features made from Seuss’ books, one of the best and most enduring is The Lorax, a thinly veiled cautionary tale of environmental exploitation, which is even more timely today than it was when it was written in 1971.