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Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Monogram and More…

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Japan

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Takashi Murakami is an internationally recognized artist whose work should be familiar to anyone interested in contemporary art. Murakami coined the term “superflat” to describe both his own work, and an entire movement of Japanese pop artists inspired by both traditional Japanese arts and popular culture in the form of anime and manga.

Murakami’s work blurs the line between commercial illustration and fine art, perhaps best demonstrated in his work for Louis Vuitton. The art animation/commercial  Superflat Monogram is the beautiful result of this collaboration, and it looks simply stunning in  glorious HD.

In additiona to Superfalt Monogram I’m also featuring two more of Murakami’s video works; Super Flat First Love and KaiKai & Kiki. Enjoy.

You can check out Murakami’s official website here.

Pictures via Nong Jia Nu.

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Butterfly Woman: The Art of Lady Aiko

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Inspiration, Japan

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Femme fatales, kimono clad shoujo heroines, horror movie monsters and hello kitty all populate the vibrant art of Lady Aiko. A fine artist who is also a street artist, Lady Aiko’s work is a heady mix pop culture done in a combination of collage, stenciling, silk screening and hand painting.

Yet despite diverse influences her work is instantly recognizable, with imagery linked together by the themes of her work; femininity, sexuality and the beauty of human life. The repetition of motifs as well the combination of unexpected and ‘hidden’ imagery creates works that seems larger than the sum of their parts.

Visit her official website here.

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Sensual Figures by Audrey Kawasaki

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Audrey Kawasaki is a Japanese artist known for her beautiful and erotic paintings done on wood; her trademark material. The wood grain works well with Kawasaki’s elegant linework and delicately modeled characters. While you can definitely see the influence of Art Nouveau, Kawasaki’s work has is own sensual appeal.

Click here for her official website.

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Sci-Fi Samurai by Tenmyouya Hisashi

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Inspiration, Japan, Traditional Japan

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Tenmyouya Hisashi is a Japanese artist creating “Neo Nihonga” or  “Neo Japanese painting”, contemporary art which combines classical Japanese painting techniques with subject matter from pop culture.

His works are created with a foreign audience in mind and Tenmyouya plays off Western perceptions of Japan. Imagery is taken from the media; from video games to science fiction and martial arts movies , and then pushed to the extreme.

Visit his official website here.
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Beautiful Images by Natala Kantala

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Simply superb art by Japanese illustrator Natala Kantala. The combination of delicate linework, detailed backgrounds and beautiful colors make for work that is top class.

Click here for his official website.

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Gothic Fairy Tale: The Work of Vania Zouravliov

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Vania Zouravliov is a Russian-born artist who does beautiful and intricate drawings with gothic subject matter. His masterful draftsmanship is reminiscent of vintage illustration, just taken to a much darker place.

Click to check out his gallery page.

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Silence Television: The Work of Gianmarco Magnani

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I love the clean cool lines in these works by artist Gianmarco Magnani aka Silence Television. His works are simple with elegant compositions.

Instead of backgrounds, text and logos are used as decorative elements, adding another layer of meaning to his works. Similarly the band Sixty Watts does not it exist, it’s entirely fictional but serves as the focal-point for Gianmarco Magnani’s music-themed works.

You can check out the Silence Television website here or buy prints at his Society 6 page.

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Happy 4th Birthday Hatsune Miku! Wallpapers

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Some of you might already know that I love Hastune Miku. For those of you unfamiliar with the teal haired songstress she’s a mascot character developed by Crypton Future Media for their virtual singing software Vocaloid.

However Miku has evolved to become much more than that; she really is the first “virtual idol”. Her success has been driven by an active fan community; most of her popular songs were written and produced by fans using the Vocaloid software, not to mention the contribution of artists who continue to create and recreate the Miku persona.

There’s Miku merchandise and even virtual Miku concerts (using 3D projection). Recently advertisements for the Toyota Corolla featuring Hatsume Miku marked her début into the American mainstream, although only time will tell if she’ll be able to garner the same kind of support she’s seen in Japan. Regardless her success has already made her an icon. Happy birthday Miku!

Wallpapers via MikuMix.

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Sweet Nippon: The Work of Yumiko Kayukawa

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Yumiko Kayukawa is a Japanese artist whose paintings combine American pop-culture with a love of nature rooted in the rural Japanese scenes of her youth. The result is a lot of pretty girls and cute animals living in their own sweet paradise.

Check out her official website here.

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Kigurumi: Work by Melissa Haslam

Art, Inspiration, Japan

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Kigurumi are Japanese animal suits; part costume, part tracksuit. It’s also the title of the latest body of work from artist Melissa Haslam, which features beautiful girls looking simply adorable in these animal suits. Marshmallow soft pastels give these paintings a dreamy atmosphere.

You can check out her official website here.

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