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Audrey Kawasaki  Brooklyn, NY

Oil, ink, and graphite on wood
Oil, ink, and graphite on wood

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About Audrey

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.

Recommended by our guest curators

Alice Yoo

Founder/editor, My Modern Metropolis

"Audrey will always be one of my favorite modern day artists. Her art nouveau-inspired paintings are filled with beautiful heroines who have both a sense of fragility and strength."

Andrew Hosner

Owner, Thinkspace Gallery

"I remember first being exposed to Audrey's work by our friend Blaine Fontana who gave us the postcard to her debut solo show in Long Beach at a lil' clothing boutique called Black Market. Blaine was showing that night at Black Market's LA location in his debut LA solo show and we purchased a piece that night and took him up on his recommendation as we really liked the piece profiled on the showcard. We went down the following weekend to the exhibit and picked up our first piece from Audrey and were lucky enough to meet her and her mother that evening and we've been building our relationship ever since. We featured her work in our first group show back in 2005 and have had the pleasure of watching her work and fanbase grow continually over the past 8 years. Her work is the perfect marriage of design and traditional portraiture and we're so thrilled to see her getting the kudos she so rightfully deserves from press and larger collectors the world over."

Liz Devlin

founder of FLUX. Boston

"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."

Ali Cavanaugh

St. Louis, MO artist

"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."

Marco Mazzoni

Milan, Italy artist

"She is an icon, don't have to say anymore"

Audrey appears in the following Top 10 lists


'New York'

'Penciled In'



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"Hi! Ale from Italy. I'm a painter of Industrial Archaeology in ONE-TO-ONE scale.I'm looking help to augment my visibility in the international art field .Thank you.Best regardsAM"



"Your art work is supa dupa fly!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"I absolutely love her artwork, I always feel like using it as an inspiration."

"awesome.... this artist must be a very emotional person i believe... amazing art he has...."

"Amazing It's life"

"wowive never seen anything like it these are some hreat pics my favorite well i cant really explain it that well but its thelady sitting on the bench in a redish dress"

"I've been following Audrey's work since 2006. Found her site randomly through a Google search. I don't think I've ever felt tired of her works.What's great about finding her profile here is this:"Posted: 3.10.07"That's my birthday; my 20th birthday <3"

"This work is just so amazing that it makes you think. A girl taking a few wrong turns and not knowing if they are good or bad.... absolutly stunning. A real eyeopener."

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