by Aya Toshikawa

Painting : oil

60 x 60 x 5 cm 23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


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Dimensions cm inch

60 x 60 x 5 cm 23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed










Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: France

2010, Unique Artwork

Oil on Canvas

23 3/5 × 23 3/5 in – 60 × 60 cm

The artwork is signed by the Artist on recto of the canvas & stamped with the logo of the Studio of the Artist on verso of the canvas

serie “Sensual Kawaii : Doll Temptation Series”

In the realm of contemporary art, the enigmatic Japanese artist Aya Toshikawa has crafted a narrative that transcends traditional boundaries, beckoning viewers into a world where innocence and allure dance in harmonious splendor. In her groundbreaking series, titled “Sensual Kawaii: Doll Temptation,” Toshikawa unveils a collection of paintings that not only captivates the senses but also prompts profound reflections on the intersection of culture, femininity, and artistic expression.

Set against kawaii backgrounds that pulsate with vibrant hues and whimsical patterns, Toshikawa’s manga dolls come to life on canvas. These dolls, delicate yet empowered, embody the essence of her unique artistic vision. Each stroke of the brush is a deliberate act, a testament to Toshikawa’s mastery in conveying sensuality without sacrificing the inherent innocence that defines the kawaii aesthetic.

The series unfolds as a visual narrative, inviting viewers to meander through a dreamscape where provocative allure mingles with the irresistibly cute. The dolls, with their large expressive eyes and meticulously detailed attire, beckon onlookers into a realm where fantasy and reality intertwine seamlessly. Toshikawa’s artistry is a celebration of femininity in its myriad forms — a dance between the coy and the bold, the sweet and the sultry.

The paintings within the series tell stories of empowerment, challenging conventional norms surrounding the portrayal of women in art. The dolls, positioned in suggestive yet tasteful poses, exude confidence and agency, redefining notions of seduction through a lens of self-assured allure. It’s a nuanced commentary on the evolving dynamics of feminine representation in contemporary society.

The amalgamation of traditional kawaii elements with a modern, sensual twist speaks to the artist’s ability to navigate the delicate balance between preserving cultural roots and pushing artistic boundaries. This series becomes a reflection of the artist’s own journey, navigating the intricacies of identity and expression in a globalized world.

Ultimately, Aya Toshikawa’s oeuvre transcends mere paintings on canvas; it’s a cultural dialogue, a visual symphony that invites contemplation. The “Sensual Kawaii: Doll Temptation Series” stands as a testament to Toshikawa’s artistic prowess, challenging preconceived notions and captivating audiences with its magnetic blend of innocence and allure.

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galerie jacob paulett • France

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Aya Toshikawa

Japan  • 1979


Aya Toshikawa (Lady Kawai) was born in 1979 in Kobe, Japan. After graduating, she began working as an animator and found a job in the industry of toys and games. In 1999 she produced poster, package, and skate board design. She typically paints from photographs, representing beautiful female Manga characters. Aya Toshikawa's artistic language is very much that of hand drawing, so that all the works produced for the Manga magazines maintain their feelings and expressions, even though painted on canvas.

Toshikawa refreshing approach to the "fine art" was successfully received when she made his adaptation to oil paintings . Her creative universe is full of Lolita Manga, baby-faced and pure. The scenes are obviously suggestive, composed of young girls who are most of the time naked or clad only in underwear, along with characters engaging in subversive acts. Apart from being a brillant animator Aya Toshikawa has succeeded in converting her talent the world of fine art and has herself an international name as a talented and diverse artist.
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