The Toy Chronicle | Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake by Hikari SHIMODA x Apportfolio


Hikari SHIMODA once again lights up our life with not one but THREE beautiful releases. Powered by the folks at Apportfolio transforming Hikari’s 2D art into enchanting art collectable sculptures. Welcome to the world of Hikari SHIMODA. Hikari’s charming duo Lonely Hero and Obake are back as a very special “Light Up!” edition! Hikari’s Lonely Hero is a lonely magical boy, the last boy on the planet, destined to save the world from humanity. The character made his first appearance in Hikari’s 2011 painting entitled “Lonely Hero”, and has been a fixture in her work ever since. Obake, the Japanese word for “ghost”, is his friendly counterpart, a spirit representing the human race.

The editions are available in 3 unique colorways – Blue, Jelly Purple, and a gorgeous grayscale called Photochromic:

“Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake” by Hikari SHIMODA

Blue Resin
Edition of 300
Size: 343 x 245 x 400mm
Numbered and signed COA
Jelly Purple Resin
Edition of 150
Size: 343 x 245 x 400mm
Numbered and signed COA
Photochromic Resin
Edition of 38
Size: 343 x 245 x 400mm
Numbered and signed decorative COA

WHEN: 7:00PM PST September 22nd Los Angeles Time / 10:00AM September 23rd, Hong Kong Time and end on October 1st (Hong Kong Time)

WHERE: Register Now HERE 申請表

In order to prevent people from using automated equipment to invade into ARTOX system to create an account, register and to ensure fairness, “Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake” by Hikari SHIMODA product will be sold by draw. Each person can register only once. Participants will be disqualified automatically if more than one registration is received and each participant can only win one draw.

All winners will receive an email before October 8th. Participants should assume their application is unsuccessful if they do not receive the email.

ARTOX reserves the rights of change to event terms and conditions without prior notice, by completing the registration of the draw, participants shall be deemed to have accepted and agreed to comply with the revised terms and conditions of the draw and deprive any participant of participating and winning. ARTOX will not be responsible for any losses and miscommunication due to incorrect information provided by the participant.

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Style A) “Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake” by Hikari SHIMODA Produced by APPortfolio

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Price: HKD$8,800Color & Material: Blue ResinEdition of 300Size: 343 x 245 x 400mmNumbered and signed COA  

(Style B) “Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake” by Hikari SHIMODA
Produced by APPortfolio

Product pictures (Click)
Price: HKD$10,800
Color & Material : Jelly Purple Resin
Edition of 150
Size: 343 x 245 x 400mm
Numbered and signed COA

(Style C) “Light Up! Lonely Hero and Obake” by Hikari SHIMODA
Produced by APPortfolio

Price: HKD$28,000
Color & Material: Photochromic Resin
Edition of 38
Size: 343 x 245 x 400mm
Numbered and signed decorative COA

Find Hikari Shimoda at http://hikarishimoda.com/ and Instagram.

ABOUT

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, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Inspired by the Japanese manga and anime from her youth, Shimoda’s work expresses modern day issues in colorful and illustrative techniques. Often depicting starry-eyed children, she dresses her characters in heroic costumes resembling Superman and magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who uses magic, revealing problems and struggles in contemporary society through a juxtaposition of brushwork, text, and collage. Such characters are a commentary on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as a savior of humanity, and a mirror of our fantasy heroes. They also represent our adult desire to nurture the children of the world and to defend the world we have constructed.

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and accident of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Shimoda became increasingly interested in various connections in the world. In her portrait series “Whereabouts of God”, featuring other-worldly children adorned with a Chernobyl necklace, and “Children of This Planet”, children act as a blank canvas for what she describes as countless possibilities; where fantasy meets with reality, past meets future, life meets death, and a world that is yet to be reborn. Not only do eyes communicate each character’s personality, they are also a reflection of Shimoda’s own feelings and ideas:

“They are “anyone” who just exists. So, they could also exist beyond the realm of being children, and identify with anyone who might appreciate them. Those children who are wearing a vacant expression of despair and solitude are mirroring the emotions of the people who look at them. Those vacant children are, so to speak, “cups of my emotions”- something which I could pour my emotion into. Their sparkling eyes are staring into space, while reflecting both light and darkness, and those horns are a metaphor of wordless emotions like fury and despair that people feel towards unreasonable things in this world.” With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world. – hikarishimoda.com

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