Erotica // Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Takato Yamamoto's artwork is the brilliant, heavy-lidded daughter of illustration, sex and violence. Yamamoto's lush linework and exacting compositions depict young asian women in serene moments studded with darker narrative punchlines. Scenes of bondage and violence bleed slowly into the image as you look longer, yet Yamamoto never depicts any acts of violence--it is either impending or just completed. Yamamoto invented this style called "Heisei Estheticism," meant for fantasy, sensual and period novels that explore similar themes of darkness, metamorphosis, love and death.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 31, 2012
We have definitely shown you the work of Takato Yamamoto before on the site, and in the magazine, but we came across one of the Takato's pieces last night and felt like highlighted the work of one of the most talented contemporary artists from Japan we can think of.
Erotica // Monday, January 30, 2012
The exquisite art of Takato Yamamoto (1960-) explores themes of darkness, bondage, metamorphosis, love and death. The perspective is always calm and serene - never depicting violence - rather, it is impending or just completed. Experimented, refined and developed his Ukiyo-e Pop style to create his "Heisei Estheticism" style, producing illustrations for mainly esthetic novels, fantasy novels, sensual novels, and period novels...
Erotica // Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Takato Yamamoto was born in Akita prefecture (Japan) in 1960, where he later refined and developed what would be knows as his “Heisei Esthiticism” style. Yamamoto is interested in portraying famous occidental myths, such as Salome or Saint Sebastian. His graphic depictions of sex and death are reminiscent of work of English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, a greatly controversial artist of the Art Nouveau era.