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.  

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.

Illustrations by Takahiro Kimura

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Takahiro Kimura was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. He studied technology of painting and graphic design at Salesian Polytechnic, and then studied skill of drawing, landscape painting and fashion drawing at Setsu Mode Seminar.

The Digital Works of xhxix

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 27, 2014
It had been a few years since we last checked in with the digital paintings of Japan's XHXIX, but one of our favorite blogs, The Fox Is Black, shared some of the artist's new works and we were right back on to enjoying the fascinating series...

The Work of Naomi Okubo

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 27, 2014
We came across these lovely paintings by Naomi Okubo this morning and can't wait to see what she has in store for the new year! Naomi is interested 'in the relationship between oneself and others or society and a contradiction that happens among the relationships...

Tomoo Gokita @ Mary Boone Galley, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 13, 2014
Something to go check out in NYC in the next few months, Japanese painter Tomoo Gokita just opened a solo show at Mary Boone Gallery's 541 West 24th Street location. We have a paintings from the show here, plus a collection of paintings from the past few years in our picture gallery, all featuring Gokita's beautiful use of acrylic gouache, and charcoal.

Best of 2013: Japanese Sci-Fi Art From the 70s and 80s

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 28, 2013
Originally published September 16th, 2013: One of our favorite sites, 50watts' has a running feature where they showcase Japanese science-fiction scans from their ever-growing collections of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design. We love looking through old book illustrations, and the sci-fi genre always is chalk-full of he most surreal, colorful, and bizarre. 

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