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.

Masami Teraoka's Renaissance Remasterings

Erotica // Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Masami Teraoka puts Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in these expansive, turbulent compositions. In his career he has painted about issues from gay marriage, TV talk shows, priest's confessions, censorship, invasion of privacy, gender, sexual preference, religious discrimination, the impeachment trial, Viagra and AIDS to air and toxic shock syndrome. His work encompasses a massive variety of subject matter and political thrust. Teraoka uses the style and figures of Renaissance paintings as receptacles through which to evoke these messages, creating stunning and intensely provocative commentaries on the issues that continue to affect our communities.   

Sarah and Writhing Octopus

Erotica // Wednesday, October 24, 2012
'Sarah and Writhing Octopus' is part of the New Wave Series by Masami Teraoka, completed in 1992. Masami often focuses on itegrating reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, and history with the present in his work- addressing social and political issues. His work has been the subject of more than 70 solo exhibitions, many of which have traveled extensively.

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