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Urban Growth: The Work of Marumiyan

Art, Design, Japan

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Marumiyan is a Japanese illustrator and designer known for his beautiful and intricate work. His portfolio is extensive, and the quality of the work so high, that I’ve had to divide it into separate posts. Last month I focussed on his beautiful landscapes, but this time I’m just showcasing some general work from his portfolio.

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The Travels of Bad: The Work of Zander Blom

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The Decision: Fuck Europe and the Disease of Civilization

The Travels of Bad is a multi-media extravaganza by South African artist Zander Blom:

The show documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fuelled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.”

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A Lighter Side of Japan: The Work of Ume Kayo

Art, Japan, Photography

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Ume Kayo is a fine art photographer recognized for her playful images of life in Japan. While there is still debate about the value of this type of “vernacular” photography, Kayo has been extraordinarily successful. Her first book Ume-me sold over 110,000 copies and earned her the prestigous Kimura Ihei Award. Since then she’s produced two more books Danshi, about the escapades of schoolboys, and Jichan-sama, about her grandfather.

I’m not sure of the artistic merit of these images, but the real question is whether they’ll make you laugh. Enjoy!

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Dreamlike Landscapes by Marumiyan

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These dreamlike images are the work of Marumiyan, a Japanese designer and illustrator. While all of Marumiyan’s work has the same intricate, collage-like quality, these works depicting surreal landscapes really stood out for me.

I’ll definitely be posting more of his works again, but in the mean time you can check out his extensive portfolio here.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lolo Veleko

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Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko is an acclaimed fine art photographer known for her depiction of South African street style. Her work strongly resembles Shoichi Aoki’s Fruits .

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Beautiful Girls: The Art of Yoshinori Shizuma

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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These illustrations are the work of Yoshinori Shizuma, a mangaka whose work was recently featured in the book 100 Masters of Bishojo Painting (絵師100人). The book’s available from Amazon and J-List, you can also check out his official site here.

Enjoy!

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Pecanpals: Wooden Designer Toys

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Peacanpals is a range of wooden designer toys  by husband and wife duo Nick and Candy, who work collectively under the name Noferin. While the use of wood for designer toys is unusual, the material compliments the character’s simple organic forms and gives the toys warmth and personality. Hand crafting and the use of sustainable rubber tree wood also gives these toys a lasting value unusual in the realm of popular culture.

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Featured Designer: Simone Legno of Tokidoki

Art, Fashion, Japan

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I love Japanese Pop Art. But I love it even more when other people also get excited about Japan, and start reinterpreting the country’s rich visual heritage into their own personal vision. This is exactly how designer Simone Legno began Tokidoki, creating a whimsical and happy world with a sophisticated and sexy edge.

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The Chaotic World of Cleon Peterson

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After seeing Cleon Peterson’s work recently in the magazine One Small Seed and I had to post a few pictures of his beautifully macabre work. Today Peterson lives with his wife and two children, working as a commercial designer by day and fine artist by night. But for over a decade; between dropping out of highschool at 15 and returning to college in 2004, Peterson lived the chaotic life he now paints. He comments:

I’d say that everyone sane sees the world through the lens of their past experiences. Living in a desperate world of addiction bring out the worst in you and in your peers… I can say that I experienced things that most haven’t in those years and that desperation makes morals and ethics very flexible.”

I love this work, and the honestly behind it. While his website is nonexistent, check out this interview for a glimpse into Peterson’s work process. You can also buy his work here.

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Tokyo’s Twilight: Photo’s by Sato Shintaro

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Shintaro Sato is a photographer known for his iridescent images of Tokyo’s twilight. Sato takes his photographs the old-fashioned way using his Toyo 4 x 5 camera, and yet the photos give the illusion of digital manipulation. This surreal quality is enhanced by the lack of people, as if the city was a miniaturized set. You can visit his official website or even buy his book Tokyo Twilight Zone available here.

 

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