Best of 2015: Takato Yamamoto's "Heisei Estheticism"
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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.