100 of the most exciting illustrators and artists working in Japan will have their work exhibited in Paddington from this weekend.

Curated by Masahiko Takagi (Me & Art Project), responsible for a number of Japanese pop art exhibitions in Australia and Europe over the last decade, Pop Japan will come to Paddington’s Substation Gallery (150 Enoggera Terrace) from Saturday 16 April to Saturday 23 April.

The exhibition will be open to view every day (including Sunday) from 10am to 6pm.

The aim of the exhibition is to introduce these Japanese artists to a wider audience in Australia, and give fans the chance to own a piece of unique art at an affordable price.

Tomoya Ogami

Image: Tomoya Ogami

“These are works with a playful heart,” says Masahiko.

“Like fine cuisine, art requires that essential flavour that is unique.”

This will be the second Brisbane location the Pop Japan exhibit visits this year (after Jugglers Art Space earlier this month), with five more pop-ups to follow throughout the year.

Meiko Hitsujino

Image: Meiko Hitsujino

Once it finishes its run at Substation, Pop Japan will come to:

    • Ugees Espresso (80 Boundary Street, West End) from Friday 29 April to Friday 10 June (7am-3pm daily)
    • Tempo Cafe and Bar (181 Boundary Street, West End) from Friday 29 April to Friday 10 June (7am-3pm daily)
    • Gallery Shin (359 Montague Road, West End) from Wednesday 11 May to Saturday 11 June (11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday)
    • Hanasho Flower and Art (235 Boundary Street, West End) from Tuesday 17 May to Saturday 18 June (11am-5pm daily)
    • Kazuyo’s Collection (195 Boundary Street, West End) from Thursday 19 May to TBA (10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4pm Saturday)

The exhibition at Kazuyo’s will focus specifically on cats and Japanese culture.

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