These rolls of sushi are just too beautiful to eat. Created by master sushi chef Takayo Kiyota, each tiny masterpiece is invisible until sliced. Once cut in half, each roll reveals an image created with the help of coloured rice, vegetables and a lot of detailed planning. I suppose this is what you resort to […]
When Japanese artist Aki Inomata overheard that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and that it was to be Japanese for the next fifty years and then returned to France, she thought of how land can be transferred from one country to another.
The name Tabaimo is a play on the word “little sister”. The outstanding Japanese visual artist is represented by the James Cohan Gallery of New York. Her cutting edge animation has traveled the globe, challenging the senses with intimate installations. Tabaimo’s piece Haunted House is a recent gift to the Asia Society of Manhattan. Her work will be on display in the HOMEwork exhibition until August 4, […]
One Week of Art is a project by Rinpa Eshidan, Japanese based artists who over the course of 7 days paint and re-paint a wall, shifting from black and white designs to vibrant and colourful ones. The opening scene is futuristic, making way for more nature based images before moving back into the future. The […]
There’s something both comforting and creepy about Machida Kumi’s artwork. At first glance, I see what looks like a mother and child holding each other lovingly. The color pallet is a calming pastel pink and cream. It seems harmless. But that’s the interest of each piece. When you look closely, they’re really weird, with alien people shooting lasers from […]
Hino Korehiko’s oil paintings may seem to be cute at first glance. But take a second look and you might have nightmares later tonight. These pastel portraits feature flowers, jewels, underwear clad men, and other pretty things. But each person has bizarrely large eyes. And the figures are strangely sexless. I though I was looking […]
The work of Fuyuki Maehara is amazingly deceptive, pushing realistic figurative art to obscene levels. The introverted Japanese artist has a tiny home near Tokyo, which he uses to carve pieces out of one block of wood with the television running for company. Recently interviewed by NHK, Maehara jokingly suggested only an ‘idiot’ would obsessively […]
Hiroyasu Tsuri is a Japanese artist who goes by his former ‘street’ name of Twoone. His work explodes with raw, provocative and instant movement, something fine art collectors haven’t seen for some time.
I’m really into this Japanese artist called HASE, who I discovered doing live street art in London. I bought some prints there and then, and she has subsequently done some artwork for my other band.
Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita’s paintings and drawings are very impressive. He had his first major exhibition at Tokyo’s Parco Gallery in 2000, with the release his remarkable book, Lingerie Wrestling, published by Little More. At that time, he was mostly doing drawings, but he was also experimenting with painting, which led to the development of his distinctive, freeform black and white images. This formulated his unique style of interceding abstraction and figurative forms.
Not only does Motoi Yamamoto create these exceptional large-scale sculptures out of salt, he also insists that after every exhibition of his works, the salt be returned back to the ocean. Now that’s what call environmentally-friendly artwork. Of his unique approach, he says: ‘;Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by. However, what I seek is the way in which I can touch a precious moment in my memories that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. I always silently follow the trace, that is controlled as well as uncontrolled from the start point after I have completed it’.
Yayoi Kusama is an amazing surrealist who has spent many years in a mental institution where she has her studio in Japan. Kusama has recently had a series of important exhibitions, so there is a renewed inter0st in her art. At the age of 82, she is an inspiration to so many of us.
Japanese artist Fumiko Imano splices her photographs and rejoins them with just scissors and glue to create new pictures of herself as twins. She looks like she’s having so much fun with her dual personalities I can just about imagine my imaginary twin having the last laugh about me disowning him years ago.
I can only pity the colourblind when entering the surreal world of Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno. There’s an incredible energy that seems to pop out of each rainbow artwork and the characters are just a little bit loveable.
I wonder if Japanese people are fed with some special and blue magic berries because there are so many amazing artists there. Taro’s art journal is full of fluid, sophisticated, watercolor pieces that make me jealous and wondering about blue magic berries.