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JAPANESE, BORN 1983
Yuya Hashizume depicts cartoon figures caught in moments of vulnerability on his works. He's known for his “eyewater” series, which portrays adolescents with single tears running down their faces. Inspired by manga cartoons “Doraemon” series, he favors bold lines and simple, flat planes of color, a style that reflects his past work in advertising and which also focuses attention on his subjects’ facial expressions.
His illustrations explore themes like the artifice of intimacy and the suppression of sadness in a hyper-paced world. While best known for his two-dimensional works, Hashizume has also created life-size sculptures of his lonely archetypes.