Juxtapoz // Friday, July 24, 2015
Our friends at Complex have been continuing with their Summer Vacation series with Adobe, visiting creatives all over the world. In the latest episode they link up with Tokyo-based artist Takehiro Tobinaga. Tobinaga had traded in the fast-paced city life for a deep dive into rural Japan. Capturing elements from the temple, the forests, waterfalls, food, even the small, Tobinaga blended these elements to create something beautiful using Adobe Creative Cloud.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 23, 2015
Temari balls are a handball that originated in China, and were introduced to Japan in the 7th century. The balls were originally toys, made from old scraps of kimono, but their creation has evolved into an elaborate folk craft. This series was created in Japan by a 92-year-old woman, the images made public by her granddaughter, NanaAkua, who updates her flickr account with her grandmother's creations. Her grandmother has crafted more than 500 temari balls
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Takeshi Haguri was born 1957 in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating the Sculpture course at the Aichi University of the Arts in 1982, he moved on to a postgraduate course, graduating in 1984. Since then he has been sculpting in wood mainly, using aluminium for outdoor works.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 30, 2015
We are revisiting the dreamy, surreal universe of Kagoshima, Japan's Ai Shinohara, works that show the uncomfortable relationship between humans and nature. Beautiful results ensue with a few new paintings from the artist, we're hoping for more!
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 15, 2015
Tokyo-based artist Tenmyouya Hisashi began his career as a contemporary artist after working as an art director at a record label. He calls his work 'Neo Nihonga,' meaning Neo Japanese Painting. This comes from his bringing together of traditional Japanese art with Western learning and Hip-Hop influences.
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Born in 1932, Nakamura Hiroshi was trained by the Japan Art Alliance as a reportage painter. The Alliance was 'a postwar art group that advocated politically-themed realist painting.' By the 50s, Hiroshi was very involved in depicting protests against the rise of U.S. military bases. He saw himself as a 'reporter at the frontlines' of confrontations, brandishing sketchbook and pencil as opposed to a camera.
Illustration // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We came across Japanese artist Ikuma Nao's etchings and copper engravings the other day and were immediately taken by them. Nao has had two solo exhibitions at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, both featuring her copperplate engravings.
Erotica // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Mikitype is a calligrapher and Type Designer whose avant-garde approach to typology is both clean and thrilling. These gorgeous photographs of calligraphy hand-painted onto models gives the art of type an entirely new dimension, meshing fashion and design, body and word.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Candy and animals. This is an excellent combo. And where else can you find this level of cuteness than in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. At Ameshin, the candy shop run by Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka, you will find these adorable and delicious treats. Tezuka also offers classes on and demonstrations of Amezaiku, the 1300-year old traditional art where sugar, starch and water is sculpted and colored.
Illustration // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.