"Bird-Witched," Animal-Inspired Stilettos by Masaya Kushino

Juxtapoz // Monday, April 07, 2014
Japanese shoe designer Masaya Kushino's latest collection, "Bird-Witched" is inspired by Jakuchu Ito, "a legendary painter who fourished uring the Edo period in the 18th century. He depicted real life animals such as birds, tigers, and elphants in a really ingenious way, tinged wit ha bit of insanity." Kushino considers shoes "just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable....

The Celestial Spaces of Aya Kato

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Currently located in Seto-shi, Aichi, Japan, artist Aya Kato's works present a fantastical world of divine palaces set in lustrous skies, dripping with rich, glowing colors and filled with spectacular creatures and flowing landscapes. Her luminous illustrations attempt to access the most mystical parts of the human imagination, not only to resonate with the eye but with the heart as well. Influenced by art nouveau artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Kato's work is other-worldly in its presentation, and possess an unmistakably blissful sensibility.

A collection of vintage Japanese Illustrations and Designs

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 18, 2014
50watts recently posted some additions to one of our favorite series on their site, Space Teriyaki, a collection of scans from their stash of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design.

Made from Wood: The Sculptures of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 12, 2014
These are kind of creepy don't you think? Like, if you walked into a friend's house and saw these heads, cut from wood, sitting on their mantle, you may have a few questions. Then again, people who get those weird Harry and the Hendersons bigfoot statues on the side of the road in Humboldt County are a little weird, too. We prefer the creativity of Japanese-based sculptor and woodworker, Yoshitoshi Kanemaki. 

The Paintings of Marefumi Komura

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 12, 2014
We just felt like taking another look at the fantastic paintings of Japan's Marefumi Komura, both grotesque and engrossing at the same time. Maybe its just me, but does it look like these subjects are totally at peace with the destruction that is going on within them? 

Tomokazu Matsuyama's Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 03, 2014
We've previously enjoyed Tomokazu Matsuyama's paintings on this site before, but this morning we thought we'd show you some of his sculptures. Matsuyama spent his childhood between Japan and America, bring up questions about his national and individual identity. This is reflected in both the style and subject of many of his paintings as he draws influences from both modern art and Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras.  

The Work of Kaneko Tomiyuki

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Japanese artist Kaneko Tomiyuki was born in Saitama prefecture, 1978. Since childhood, he has been particularly interested in Japanese folklore and the spiritual world. His interest has led him to study in the Tohoku prefecture, which was the birthplace of “Legends of Tono”...

Works by Ryohei Hase

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.

Katsuhiro Otomo/Nobrow for Comme des Garcons

Juxtapoz // Saturday, February 08, 2014
Back really long ago, 2013 that is, famed international fashion house Comme des Garcons (who have probably the best store designs of anyone in fashion) teamed up with Nobrow and manga star Katsuhiro Otomo, author of "Akira." Even better, CDG asked Nobrow to mash Otomo's work with other Nobrow artists, creating a comic/manga collage effect that existed on the CDG site. Basically, it looked rad, and we want to show you. 

Black and White Photography by Yusuke Yamatani

Photography // Wednesday, February 05, 2014
We have loved the photography of Japan's Yusuke Yamatani for years, and seeing that he will open his new solo exhibition at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery in Tokyo on February 12, we thought it would be a good idea to see some of the black and white photos from the artist.

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