Painter Akira Yamaguchi has taken Japan’s art world by storm. His work combines the techniques of classical Japanese painting with the observant eye of a modern-day Peter Breughel and the humor and draftsmanship of a manga cartoonist.
Yamaguchi’s landscapes of the imagination, compressions of time and space, and quixotic human/machine figures combine Eastern and Western sensibilities and techniques into artwork that transcends exoticism.
This beautiful volume collects the artist’s work from the past decade, including several pieces never before published, allowing Western readers to share the delight of Japanese critics and audiences in this fresh, new view of the world. Also included are an introduction by art historian Yuji Yamashita, 80 pages of full-color illustrative plates, and a magnifying glass for enhanced viewing of painting details.
- Release Date:
- October, 2004
- Tokyo University Publishing
Born in Tokyo, he grew up in the city of Kiryū, Gunma Prefecture.
He received his B.A. in oil painting (1994) and M.A. in oil painting (1996) from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Yamaguchi designed the cover art for the album V by the nu-jazz music duo United Future Organization and illustrated the book Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan by Donald Keene.
He lives and works in Tokyo. His artwork has been exhibited worldwide. He is represented by Mizuma Art Gallery.