Depth Mapping Paintings by Kazuki Takamatsu

Apr 13, 2013 - May 10, 2013Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City

We have written about artist Kazuki Takamatsu on the site before, but seeing the work in person at the Scope Fair in Miami, it was some of our favorite pieces we have seen in quite some time. He creates stunning images of what might best be described as semi-erotic, childish Lolita girls in a dreamlike 3-dimensional fantasy haze.

There is a technique, known as depth-mapping imagery, which gives a three-dimensionality to an artist's work. One such artist using this method in his gouache paintings, is self-declared fantasist, Japanese sculptor and painter Kazuki Takamatsu.

Kazuki undoubtedly enjoys the mixing of traditional techniques with more modern ones, using gouache for hand-painted, single-color based figures, and at the same time employing the ultra-modern Depth Map, which is a technique, wherein each individual pixel becomes a shade of grey, each shade proportional to the distance from which the viewer sees it, in a combination that provides the artist with the ability to achieve amazing depth and surrealism in his works.