Masahiko Saga's Old World Artistry

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Based in Kyoto, Japan, Masahiko Saga brings an old world sensibility to his contemporary computer generated works, stylistically fusing the art of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, with the modern technology of digital illustration. With one foot in the past and the other placed firmly in the present, Saga's vibrant and complex pieces employ traditional compositions and symbolism with a fresh twist, utilizing the crispness of detail afforded by programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance the sumptuous content of his work and essentially blur the lines between old world craftsmanship and present-day art-making methods.

The Dark Whimsy of Fuco Ueda

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Born in Japan in 1979, Fuco Ueda graduated from the Tokyo Polytechnic University of Arts Graduate School in 2003. Her fanciful and surrealistic paintings are rendered in acrylics and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and wood, depicting sprightly young girls in fantastic abstract worlds surrounded by vibrantly colored flora and fauna of every shape and size. Her whimsical pieces seem to capture the chimerical sensations of a vivid afternoon daydream, where enigmatic visions are suspended in the floating spaces of the unconscious mind. Ueda has been showing her work in Japan and in the USA since 2000, and she is currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

The Work of Ikeda Manabu

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 02, 2013
Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu begins his process with a giant blank canvas, a small acryclic pen, and no iea what the final piece will look like. He can spend eight hourse a day, for years on a single drawing that spans an entire wall. The incredibly detailed drawings watch traditional Japanese architecture clash with treet roots, water, birds and fish!

The Work of Masami Teraoka

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A few months ago we took a look at Japanese artist Masami Teraoka's incredible Renaissance Remasterings where he put Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in exapnsive, turbulent compositions. This morning we look back at some of his earlier work which is just as expansive and turbulent, referencing issues from gay marriage, censorship, privacy, AIDS, sexual preference, and many more social and political issues.

Watch: Tao Tajima's Animated Short "Night Stroll"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Japanese artist Tao Tajima created a fantastic animated short. Geometric shapes pop, spin, flash, and slide throughout nightime landscapes of Tokyo. We recommend you watch it full-screen and in HD...

Found Material COllages by Shinro Ohtake

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 15, 2013
Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake has been collecting and collaging found materials, personal mementos, and a variety of other random but vast array of odds and ends. He exhibited the collection of sixty albums, some almost 700 pages long at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 in a show entitled Encyclopedic Palace.  

The Work of Tomoko Konoike

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Japanese artist Tomoko Knoike. Tomoko is a graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts where he studied traditional Japanese painting. He came to prominence through Nihonga-styled surreal [paintings and installations that often feature wolves. He has also worked as a toy and furniture designer!

More Salt Sculptures by Motoi Yamammoto

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 05, 2013
This isn't the first time we have posted the incredible work of acclaimed Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. He has been on a roll lately, travelling around the world creating his labor-intensive salt installations. Prior to his two-week residency at the Monterey Museum of Art, he installed his Floating Garden project at the Mint Museum in North Carolina. Each project involves painstakingly pouring salt in patterns on the floor for several weeks.

Bonsai Treehouses and other Sculptures by Takanori Aiba

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 01, 2013
We like tree houses and we like Bonsai. Naturally, we love Bonsai tree houses. We are also down with Michelin man hotels. Japanese artist Takanori Aiba uses stone clay, epoxy putty, copper line, plastic, and resin among other things to construct these fantastic pieces. Aiba's background includes being an art director for architectural spaces and a maze illustrator. The sketches for the sculptures are also wonderful.

The Work of Meguru Yamaguchi

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 21, 2013
Raised in Tokyo, Japan by fashion designer parents and at the epicenter of the city's street culture, Meguru Yamaguchi was introduced by his parents to a good amount of pop art while also immersed in Japanese Manga. He is a "Digital Impressionist," using portraits of his friends on social media as inspiration, the artist samples elements of painting, collage, acrylics, and spray paint to create colorful and dynamic works "reminiscent of Hip-Hop samplings from the 70s."

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