Origami Cupcake

Spherical Dystopias by Sashie Masakatsu

Art, Inspiration, Japan

No Comments


Share this post

The work of Sashie Masakatsu presents surreal images of spherical cities, which float planet-like over an urban wasteland. Architectural details make these spheres recognizably Japanese, a metaphor for Tokyo itself, the largest metropolitan area in the world. But Tokyo also represents the ideal of a utopian metropolis, a failed dream replaced by social isolation and environmental degradation.

Read more…

Nippon Fantasy: Illustration by Yamamoto Nori

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

No Comments


Share this post

Yamamoto Nori‘s illustration combines anime-style characters with traditional Japanese motifs. Swirling clouds of cherry blossoms, and girls in kimono with long dark hair mix alongside school uniforms in surreal and dream-like works. Enjoy.

Read more…

Ukiyo-e meets Anime: The Work of Lisa Alisa

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Inspiration, Japan

No Comments


Share this post

It’s hard to believe that the immaculate flat surfaces of Lisa Alisa‘s works are really painted. Inspired as much by anime as by the traditional motifs and minimalism of Japanese prints, her work combines old and new beautifully.

Read more…

Sculpture & Installations by Yoyoi Kusama

Art, Inspiration, Japan

No Comments


Share this post

This is second post featuring the work of the legendary polka-dot princess Yoyoi Kusama. While my previous post focused on her paintings this post features on her three-dimensional work: sculpture and installation. Yet there’s a wonderful harmony between Kuama’s painting and sculpture, it’s almost as if the decorative dots and lines of her painted work have expanded in her installations to create small universes of their own.

You can read more about Kusama in my previous post.

Pics via Poul Webb Art BlogARTBoom and Queensland Art Gallery.

Read more…

Dot Paintings by Yoyoi Kusama

Art, Inspiration, Japan

1 Comment


Share this post

Yoyoi Kusama is the kind of artist who needs little introduction. Her distinctive visual style based on the repetition of dots has seen expression in every possible medium throughout a career lasting over sixty years. Over this time Kusama have both pioneered and embraced the changing art movements of pop art, surrealism, minimalism and conceptual art. At the same time Kusama has remained an outsider creating deeply personal work.

But this vivid inner world has been both an inspiration and a burden, and Kusama has struggled with mental illness throughout her life. Today she voluntarily resides in a mental institution in Japan. And yet despite this she’s created an incredible body of work, and is recognized internationally as one of the major artists of the 20th century.

This is Part One focussing on her dot paintings, Part Two, will feature her installations and sculpture.

Pics via Poul Webb Art Blog, ARTBoom and Queensland Art Gallery.

Read more…

Gothic Masterpieces by Takato Yamamoto

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Inspiration, Japan

5 Comments


Share this post

The work of Takato Yamamoto is a careful balance between horror and beauty. Yamamoto has a knack for drawing gore beautifully, and bone and flesh is as delicately rendered as his doll-faced characters. Intricately detailed pieces with delicate linework show the influences of Art Nouveau with manga, and  Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints. The result is seductively beautiful gothic works.

Read more…

Sweet Nostalgia: Milkbbi by Justin Wallis

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

No Comments


Share this post

The work of Milkbbi aka Justin Wallis is a sweet mixture of naive art with kitsch 90’s imagery. Using a pallette of summer-saturated colors like aqua, watermelon and sunflower; it’s an instant rush of feel-good nostalgia.

Read more…

Sweet Edens: The Work of Jeremiah Ketner

Art, Inspiration, Japan

No Comments


Share this post

The world of Jeremiah Ketner’s work is a lush Eden filled with sprites and dreamy-eyed women. In which small creatures inspired by the simplified forms of vinyl toys play in  fantasy gardens. Made with the aesthetic ideal of “small and round” his work veers between simplification and abstraction to delicately painted figures. Enjoy.

Read more…

Buttons and Thread: Cute Illustration by Hiromi Sato

Art, Design, Inspiration, Japan

1 Comment


Share this post

The illustration of Hiromi Sato resembles the cutest scrapbook you’ve ever seen. Full of textiles, buttons and wool, Sato layers patterns to create collage-like images with fairy tale themes. I love the sweet mori girl aesthetic of her work. Enjoy.

Read more…

Nudes and Kimono: Sumptuous Textiles by Evan Wilson

Art, Inspiration, Japan

No Comments


Share this post

Evan Wilson is a painter specializing in realistic paintings with the same kind of natural lighting techniques used by the Old Masters of the 17th century. Much like the Old Masters, Wilson uses rich textiles in his work, contrasting the sheen of silk and embroidery with the luminescence of skin. The result are rich, seductive works. Enjoy.

Read more…