Keiko Tokushima is Japanese-born, New York based illustrator. Her obsession with textile pattern shows the influence of the West upon Japan. The absence of people in her work delivers storytelling more than it would with people, but her whimsical figure drawing adds style into the pattern world as well.
3D art is one of my biggest passion. I think one of its limits is the human figure (even in the best artworks, it always looks too fake, like a plastic dummy). I changed my mind, though, when I first saw the masterpieces of this Japanese artist Kazuhiko Nakamura. His phenomenal creatures seem to come to life.
Insanely talented Japanese artist Rie Hosokai is taking balloon twisting away from kids parties and into high fashion. The handmade dresses start at US$2,000, which can seem a little hefty when you consider the balloons will start to deflate after twenty four hours.
Sometimes gruesome, sometimes sadistic, sometimes cute and whimsical, Japanese artist Hasama creates some really striking images that range from terrifying monsters to manga-inspired characters.
Chiharu Shiota is a Berlin-based Japanese artist responsible for these intricate large scale art installations. Allegedly, Shiota had woken up one day and felt as if her entire room was entwined with black thread. This became the inspiration for many of her artworks, where gallery spaces are often illed with zig-zagging thread, creating this impenetrable, sometimes gothic looking, web.