Keiichi Tanaami "Death Bridge" @ AISHONANZUKA

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 08, 2014
Keiichi Tanaami, who is featured in our Juxtapoz Psychedelic book, was born in Tokyo in 1936 and graduated from Musashino Art University. A one of a kind artist active since the 1960s as a graphic designer and illustrator, Tanaami is an artist who does not heed the boundaries of media and genre but instead traverses them...

"Jellyfish Eyes," The First Film by Takashi Murakami:

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 05, 2014
Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo...

"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.  

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.


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