Harumi Hironaka: Queen of Attitude

It’s difficult to find any piece you don’t absolutely love in Harumi Hironaka’s body of work. These wild, sensual, tough women invite you to find those wolves that reside in your psyche. Representing strength and a fierce determination, her works hit you like a lightning bolt. I get a sense that Harumi isn’t afraid, and in fact, welcomes a more uncomfortable visual. Why not throw the fatalities of love and suffering, the ecstasy and eroticism, and playful gestures into the faces of those that can handle the imagery. We don’t just take it on board, we love it! We know these women and they live inside even the meekest of us.

Of course, these women are easy to embrace; they are dressed in full colour, closed eyes and open lips. Each character, unique and intimate, call you into their worlds… and how could you refuse to enter? Even those with knives and beating hearts will seduce you out of your comfort zone.

All of this magic from self-taught illustrator Harumi Hironaka, whose formative years were spent in Japan, during her early beginnings she inspired to become a manga artist and then her work grew into what it is today, but don’t go hunting too deeply for her as she loves her solitude. You will need to be content just to know her energetic and reckless women, maybe to try to find your own emotions translated onto the page. I find myself wanting something these beauties have, and for me that is the core meaning of art. It wants you to look deep inside, to identify and empathize, and to connect with this ally of ink and colour.

Sit down, grab a cigarette or a cupcake and your wounded heart and spend the night with these empowered queens, these badass bitches, these dames of sketch, be game to make a connection and find yourself.

Harumi Hironaka

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About Author

Kylie Dexter was born (and is currently living with her gorgeous boys, Rob and Zen)  in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by Pop Surrealism and the New Contemporary Art movement  she began collecting original works and sculptures in the mid 90's. Since then her collection has grown to epic proportions. She has had an obsession with art from a young age and has an eye for emerging artists, and a deep understanding of the narrative the artist is trying to portray. She believes art can change the way people think and reach the deepest part of their psyches. Kylie has faith in art's ability to create an energy to express and reflect the  deep symbolism and stories that are untouchable in normal reality. She also has a  heartfelt connection to music and is a self-taught artist who brings needle felting to life via her dolls that are sold and shown around the world. With an enthusiastic addiction for writing about art, talking about art, looking at art and making art, what better place to be, surrounded by what you love! I feel passionate that Beautiful Bizarre Magazine raises the profile of up and coming artists, supports those already in the industry and contributes positively to galleries who share a common goal; to keep art alive and flowing, to keep people creating and more importantly keep people collecting and expressing themselves via the images on their walls. . 'Take your broken heart, make it into art' ~ Carrie Fisher

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