Japanese Ceramic Exhibition at Blum & Poe

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Blum and Poe gallery in Los Angeles is currently offering an exhibition of Japanese ceramics. The exhibit has been organized and curated by Takashi Murakami and includes the work of artists Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda, and Otani Workshop. Presenting a wide range of forms, designs, and materials, the works in the exhibition draw upon the ancient sources of ceramic tradition in Japan, while also revealing inventive techniques of shaping, glazing, coloring, and firing.

Japanese Artist M'onma's Trance-Created Drawings

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
To create his dreamlike drawings, Japanese artist M’onma enters a trance, where he describes his entire body glowing and a loss of vision. He also reports an invisible presence guiding his hand. M’onma calls this state of being a “visitation,” and he began creating work in this way when he was in his ‘40s, after decades of making work he felt was unsatisfying. The drawings are surreal and use graphite, ink and colored pencil to portray meandering narratives that include religious figures, animals, spirits, and geometric play. 

Update: The Work of Akino Kondoh

Juxtapoz // Friday, August 07, 2015
Japenese artist Akino Kondoh is based in New York and has internationally exhibited her work in various media such as animation, manga, drawing and painting. Her newest work does not disappoint.

Yuji Moriguchi's Erotic Paintings: Manga + Ukiyo-e

Erotica // Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Japanese artist Yuji Moriguchi's erotic painting style draws from Manga, tentacle erotica, and Ukiyo-e, a genre of woodblock prints emerging during the prosperous Edo period in Japan. The subject matter includes bestiality (often featuring sea animals or fantastical creatures). 

Takumi Kama's Portraits of Schoolgirl-Animals

Illustration // Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Japanese artist Takumi Kama has used his fear of schoolgirls as inspiration for this series of portrait illustrations. The portraits depict schoolgirls in typical poses, but with animal heads and bodyparts.

Monumental Illustrations by Manabu Ikeda

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 26, 2014
The works of Ikeda Manabu scale out to be larger than life, with each canvas bigger than a person lying down in front of him. Working with pen and ink, this Japanese artist will work on a four-inch block of canvas everyday, typically for years at a time until the work is complete...

The photography of Shomei Tomatsu

Photography // Saturday, February 22, 2014
Shomei Tomatsu who passed away only two years ago was an influential black and white Japanese photographer, who created one of the defining portraits of postwar Japan. 

Twelve Bouts of Sensuality

Erotica // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Japanese woodblock prints command a space in art history all their own, defining an aesthetic and cultural ethos that is often repeated and played off of in contemporary art today. While Japanese prints attained an undeniable status in the realm of craft and technique, a huge portion of these prints were dedicated to erotic scenes...

Big Kois from Andre Malcolm

Tattoo // Thursday, November 01, 2012
Huge koi and lotus backpiece and illustration from Japanese-style tattooer André Malcolm of Analog Tattoo in San José, CA. All of Malcolm's tattoos and illustrations have an amazing precision and graphic quality to them, so be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio. Can't wait to see what this guy will look like all colored in.

Pardee's Pick: The Art of Uno Moralez

Juxtapoz // Saturday, October 13, 2012
Uno Moralez is a mystery. No, fuck that, Uno Morlalez is a magician. No, that's not right either. Uno Moralez must be an imposter! There is little public information about artist Uno Moralez. His outdated Livejournal is basically illegible, unless you can read Cyrillic or have a translating robot better than Google, his name apparently isn't even Uno Moralez, and (GASP!) he has no Facebook page.
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