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Dream Shangri-Las by Aya Kato

Art, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Aya Koto’s illustrations are simply amazing. Colourful and complex each almost overwhelm the eye with an overabundance of detail, as traditional Japanese motifs are reimagined into dream landscapes.

Click here to see some of Aya Kato’s darker, more gothic work, or check out her official website.

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Gothic Nouveau by Aya Kato

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

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Aya Kato is a Japanese illustrator whose ink work combines decorative linework and traditional Japanese ink painting. Her work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley, if Beardsley drew gothic shoujo manga.

A second part features her impressive color works.

You can also check out her official website here.

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Yamato-e Metropolis: The Work of Akira Yamaguchi

Art, Inspiration, Japan

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Akira Yamaguchi is a master of the traditional techniques of classical Japanese painting or Yamato-e. But while the style is reminiscent of Hokusai and Hiroshige, Yamagushi’s the subject matter is not. In its place are surreal and discordant metropolises in which the old fuses with the new. In some of Yamaguchi’s works the classical style initially fools the eye, until you notice elements that are out of place: machinery, guns and trucks.

In many ways these metropolises reflect the realities of Japan today. Yamaguchi argues that since  the Meiji Era Japan has embraced Western ideas to the detriment of it’s own traditional culture. Seen in this context Yamaguchi’s work takes on new meaning; are these traditional paintings being “invaded” by elements which don’t belong, or are the two really fusing together?

The level of detail in his large-scale cityscapes is staggering. Some of these paintings are 2½ meters across, and they feel truly monumental. It’s hard to admire on a computer screen so make sure to click on the images to view them as large as possible.

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Delicate Illustration by Keeggy

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Japan

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Keeggy is a Japanese illustrator with a distinctive soft and delicate style. Her doll-like characters almost seem to float through the dreamy and surreal images. Lolita and Mori Girl fashions show a definite influence in these works, not only in the clothing but in the complete aesthetic.

You can visit her official website here.

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Sweet with an Aftertaste: The Work of Natalia Fabia

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Natalia Fabia is an accomplished painter whose work focuses on “hookers”, sultry independent women who are nevertheless real people. Using her friends as reference and painting with an almost obsessive degree of detail Fabia grounds her work . But it’s the reality of Los Angeless , of decadent fantasy made reality: sweet but with an aftertaste.

Check out her official website here.

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Comic Heroes and B-Movies: The Work of Boneface

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Boneface combines imagery from video games, comics and b-movies to create beautiful work with a bold, pop feel. He’s gotten a lot of attention  with his portraits of beat up superheroes, but his larger portfolio has a lot of other great works as well.

Check out his official website here.

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Beautiful Girls by Range Murata

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Range Murata is a Japanese illustrator known for the high level of detail and technical skill of his work. He’s also worked as a character designer and done conceptual work for various anime including Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6.

Check out his official site here.

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Recent Works by Junko Mizuno

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I’ve been following Junko Mizuno’s work ever since first being exposed to her work on Japanorama. She’s the queen of the creepy cute or “kawaii noir” and it’s earned her a legion of fans.

These works are from her exhibitions at Gallery  Nucleus including her recent solo exhibition “Flora Delirium”.

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Botanical Fantasy: The Work of Lindsey Carr

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Continuing with the floral theme from the previous post we have these works by Lindsey Carr. I love the decadent mix of botanical and fairy tale imagery in her paintings.

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Photographic Still Lifes by Andrew Putter

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Andrew Putter has created these photographs by arranging South African flowers like 17th century Dutch still lifes. The works are a commentary on South African identity and how it’s been entwined with the history of colonialism, but theory isn’t necessary to enjoy these beautiful images.

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