If you think MR.'s visual artwork is simply Japanese anime, you're missing the nuances behind his paintings. That's the main reason behind his latest solo exhibition that's running at Hong Kong's contemporary gallery, Perrotin, until October 20th.

In lieu of an artist statement, the exhibition's title explains MR.'s frustration about how people view his work.

People misunderstand me and the contents of my paintings. They just think they are nostalgic, cute, and look like Japanese anime. That may be true, but really, I paint daily in order to escape the devil that haunts my soul. The said devil also resides in my blood, and I cannot escape from it no matter how I wish. So I paint in resignation.

The exhibition highlights the artist's progression over the past several years. Alongside painting, the gallery displays a number of "kawaii (cute)" and "kowai (scary, dark)" illustrated works that put his technical drawing strengths under a spotlight.

Are you a fan of MR.'s work? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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