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Gothic Masterpieces by Takato Yamamoto

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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.

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Sweet Nostalgia: Milkbbi by Justin Wallis

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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.

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Sweet Edens: The Work of Jeremiah Ketner

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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.

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Grandiose Landscapes: The Work of Rob Sato

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Rob Sato’s paintings are surreal and grandiose scenes of strange landscapes and dramatic battles. Machinery, insects, corpses and trees collide in bizarre arrangements that are truly fantastic. Enjoy.

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Buttons and Thread: Cute Illustration by Hiromi Sato

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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.

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Nudes and Kimono: Sumptuous Textiles by Evan Wilson

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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.

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Mod Pop Punk: Contemporary Kimono by Modern Antenna

Fashion, Inspiration, Japan, Traditional Japan

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Modern Antenna creates amazing contemporary kimono designs. Their simple and bold graphic prints are incredibly versatile, and can be styled in fashions ranging from chic to cute. J-pop group SCANDAL rocked these Brit-punk inspired co-ordinates for their album SCANDAL SHOW.

Check out the official Modern Antenna site here (all Japanese unfortunately).
SCANDAL pics via Comtrya Sugoi.

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Kimono-clad Women: The Work of Manami Koike

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While there’s not a lot of information about these paintings by Manami Koike, the work speaks for itself. Delicately painted as if in soft focus, these works reflect on the place of the Japanese woman within the Western imagination, and the mysterious allure the kimono-clad woman, whether she’s an oiran, geisha or even a virginal bride.

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Textile Landscapes: The Kimono of Itchiku Kubota

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Itchiku Kubota is an artist recognised for his unique contributions to the art of kimono. A master of traditional decorative techniques, he attempted to recreate the lost tradition of tsujigahana. After decades of experimentation Kubota eventually merged modern innovations with ancient tradition to create his own unique decorative technique. Kubota’s planned masterpiece was a series of eighty kimono called the Symphony of Light, in which vast panoramas, flowed between kimono. While Kubota was unable to finish this work before his death, his son and daughter continue their father’s work today.

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Creepy Cute: Paintings by Ciou

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This is part two of my previous post featuring Ciou‘s creepy cute work. While my previous post focussed on her black and white ink drawings, this post features the same crazy work in full color. So expect more doll-like heroines and assorted anthropomorphised animals, as well as a cascade of morbid symbolism and cute motifs.

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