October 31, 2015

ART: Wu Ming Zhong (武明中) - Heart of Glass

Wu Ming Zhong (武明中)
Web  -  Yang Gallery
[52 images / 2 pages]

   Wu Ming Zhong was born in Hebei province China in 1963. In most of his paintings he uses a monochrome palette with reds as the defining accents.  He is the Associate Professor & Director of the Oil Painting Research Office for the College of Fine Arts at Capital Normal University. He was a visiting scholar at Liebin Academy of Fine Arts in Russia & Buffalo State College in the USA.
Wu Ming Zhong (武明中) - http://www.wumingzhong.org/
HAIKU Art Review: Wu Ming Zhong
Fragile heart of glass
In a cold monochrome world
Life painted in blood
Wu Ming Zhong (武明中) - http://www.wumingzhong.org/
   "My work isn’t like the work of Edward Munch – paintings shot through with obvious expressions of pain. My paintings, rather, are easy on the eye & serve to dissipate the pain."
Wu Ming Zhong (武明中) - http://www.wumingzhong.org/

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October 26, 2015

ART: Kriangkrai Kongkhanun - The Torments of Sin

Kriangkrai Kongkhanun (เกรียงไกร กงกะนันทน์)
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[53 Images / 2 Pages]

   Kriangkrai Kongkhanun was born in 1980 & graduated with a Masters degree from Silpakorn University in Thailand. He attempts to characterize the dark thoughts & emotions of humans whose minds are seized by sin as described in different legends & ancient Buddhist scriptures. Kriangkrai's art depicts the abstract concepts of hatred, anger, vengeance, greed & jealousy, his Neo-Primitive designs symbolize the karma of humanity.
Kriangkrai Kongkhanun (เกรียงไกร กงกะนันทน์) - http://kongkhanun.blogspot.com
HAIKU Art Review: Kriangkrai Kongkhanun
Creatures of desire
Evil manifestations
Our karmic mirror
Kriangkrai Kongkhanun (เกรียงไกร กงกะนันทน์) - http://kongkhanun.blogspot.com

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October 22, 2015

ART: Kazu Livingstone - Graphic Poetry

Kazu Livingstone aka Slim Panda / Kayzer Bubu
[68 images / 3 pages]
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   Kazu Livingstone is a Eurasian poet & political artist from Penang Island, Malaysia. His art has been exhibited on five continents & he's collaborated with artists from around the world.
Kazu Livingstone / Kayzer Bubu - http://www.facebook.com/kayzerbubu
HAIKU Art Review: Kazu Livingstone 
Graphic poetry
Artistic activism
Pop propaganda
Kazu Livingstone / Kayzer Bubu - http://www.facebook.com/kayzerbubu


October 16, 2015

ART: Nekoshowgun (猫将軍) - Inked Wild Things

Nekoshowgun (猫将軍) - [66 Images / 3 Pages]
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   Nekoshogun is an illustrator who was born in Wakayama prefecture in 1982. She's expanded her popularity in Japan & also in the United States since she uploaded videos of her drawing process & her illustration has been used by the famous singer, Kyosuke Himuro. She recently published her own illustration book, Illustration Making & Visual Book
Nekoshowgun (猫将軍) - http://nekoixa.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Nekoshowgun
Master of contrasts
Primal urges, black & white
Color's a sweet treat
Nekoshowgun (猫将軍) - http://nekoixa.com/

October 14, 2015

ART: Artgerm's Superbelles

Artgerm aka Stanley Lau (53 images)
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   53 gorgeous "Superbelles" from Singapore based artist Stanley "Artgerm" Lau. Stanley & Imaginary Friends, the design company he co-founded are sought out by the biggest names in the gaming, comic book & entertainment industries because of his rare ability to illustrate sexy, strong, confident female heroines.
Artgerm aka Stanley Lau - https://society6.com/artgerm/prints?curator=yellowmenace
HAIKU Art Review: Artgerm - Superbelle
Infectious beauty
Superbelles saving the world
Spreading artistry
Artgerm aka Stanley Lau - https://society6.com/artgerm/prints?curator=yellowmenace
SUPERBELLE | Book Two - 24 pages

   Born & bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director & instructor at 3D Sense Media School - Concept Design & Illustration Program.
Artgerm aka Stanley Lau - https://society6.com/artgerm/prints?curator=yellowmenace

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October 7, 2015

ART: Jed Henry & Dave Bull - Ukiyo-e Heroes

Jed Henry & David Bull (40 Images)
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   Jed Henry is an illustrator, lifelong gamer, Japanophile & all-around nerd. He grew up copying art from game manuals & years later, eventually got a degree in animation. He now works full time on Japanese prints.
Jed Henry & Dave Bull - http://www.ukiyoeheroes.com/
Cat vs. Raven - signed giclée print (12 x 17 in)

   David Bull has been in Tokyo since before Jed was born, having gone there to learn what he could about the craft of traditional woodblock printmaking & has been making his living at it for nearly 25 years now. For most of that time, he worked as a solo craftsman (carving, printing, self-publishing), but for the past couple of years has been working with younger people to train them in the techniques, under the umbrella of his Mokuhankan publishing venture.

The Lone Hunter - #10 of 12 in Subscription Print Set
Jed Henry & Dave Bull - http://www.ukiyoeheroes.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Ukiyo-e Heroes
Fan 2 fine artist
Outsider 2 old master 
Cultural reboot
Jed Henry & Dave Bull - http://www.ukiyoeheroes.com/
Warrior - signed giclée print (12 x 17 in)

   "Not only are we making fun, meaningful art. We’re also working to save the Japanese woodblock community in a very real way. Through print sales, Dave has been able to pay a workshop full of apprentices & even employ seasoned masters in the craft!"

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EVENT: Kumi Contemporary at Moniker Art Fair


   Kumi Contemporary will be participating in the Moniker Art Fair 2015 on the 15th - 18th October, 2015 at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. The Moniker Art Fair offers thousands of Londoners the opportunity to enjoy the events of London’s prestigious Art Week.
   This year, Kumi Contemporary is excited to join the fair & will be showcasing a wonderful collection of works by Takashi Murakami, Chiho Aoshima & Hush.

September 28, 2015

ART: Dali Roll - Surreal Sensuality

Dali Roll (달리롤) - (35 Images)
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   South Korean artist Dali Roll (달리롤) creates digital dreamscapes erupting with symbols of female reproduction. Ovals, ova, eggs, & other vulvic shapes dominate her work. The cute, flat, comic style & cheerful colors contradict the obsessive angst of the subject matter. Her digital creations seem to channel cryptic cries from the feminine collective unconscious.   
Dali Roll (달리롤) - http://daliroll.com/
Vulvic fixation
Fertile imagination
Oodles of ova
Dali Roll (달리롤) - http://daliroll.com/


June 30, 2015

ART: Zhang Yuxi (张玉玺) - Little Yellow Boy

Zhang Yuxi (张玉玺) - (19 Images)
Blue Dots Art  -  Asia Contemporary Art

   Zhang Yuxi was born in China, 1980 & graduated from Harbin University majoring in sculpture. The artist's work is easily recognizable by the tri-eyed little yellow boy, a main character he created in most of his work which represents hope & positivity. The tri-eye character represents the three different stages of life.
Zhang Yuxi (张 玉 玺) - http://www.bluedotsart.com/zhangyuxipage.html
HAIKU Art Review: Zhang Yuxi
Little yellow man
Blinded by colorful past
All seeing 3rd eye?
Zhang Yuxi (张 玉 玺) - http://www.bluedotsart.com/zhangyuxipage.html
    “The little boy reflects the experiences of those born during the 1980’s. As I was born in this time period, I know it well & portray this with childhood innocence.” 


June 28, 2015

ART: Sketch Master Kim JungGi

JungGi Kim (김정기) - (28 Images)
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   Master Kim JungGi loves drawing & seems to never stop sketching. He draws just about everything, as I have presented in these past posts; Ancient Asia, War & Holidays

   In this collection, I've gathered JungGi's sketches about sketching. These are less fantastic & more based on his actual surroundings; observing his art students at AniChanga, the art & animation school he co-directs, in the car with his family or just waiting around in a park.
Kim Jung Gi (Kim) - http://www.superani.com/kim/
HAIKU Art Review: Jung-Gi Kim
Freehand sketch master
Eraserless perfection
Divine fish-eyed view
Kim Jung Gi (Kim) - http://www.superani.com/kim/
See 17 more JungGi drawings in Sketches of Ancient Asia


June 27, 2015

ART: Tomas Overbai - Asian Characters

Tomas Overbai - (24 Images)
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   Tomas Overbai sells sketches of celebrities & famous characters. He's inspired by Akira Kurosawa, science fiction, post-apocalyptic fantasy & kung-fu movies. He has finished book one of his epic graphic novel series ICHIDO.
Tomas Overbai - http://www.fallensunasylum.org/
HAIKU Art Review: Tomas Overbai
Evolving pencil
Rough charismatic sketches
Longing for sumi
Tomas Overbai - http://www.fallensunasylum.org/


June 26, 2015

ART: Alice X. Zhang - Painted Celluloid

Alice X. Zhang - (17 Images)
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   Alice X. Zhang is a full-time freelance designer, illustrator, & portrait artist with an enduring interest in cinema, comics, & pop culture.

   Alice's solo show "Moments II" is running until July 10, 2015 @ The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. You can purchase prints online (the links below go directly to the store page, if the print isn't sold out already)
HAIKU Art Review: Alice X. Zhang
Perfect frames captured
A movie fan's perspective
Painted celluloid
Alice X. Zhang - http://www.alicexz.com/
A Very Strange Time
   "I think my interest in painting famous characters really just evolved out of just pure, simple fangirlishness. I am very easily excited & obsessive (haha) & it's just great to express that excitement through art & inspire other fans at the same time. I draw what I love, I draw what is visually & emotionally inspiring to me - everyone should draw what they love as often as possible!"
Source (all quotes): Techgnotic @ DA 

June 25, 2015

ART: Yosuke Ueno (上野陽介) - Kawaii Characters

Yosuke Ueno (上野陽介) - (28 Images)
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   Yosuke Ueno was born in Japan in 1977. He has been building his world since a young child & had his first solo show in Yamaguchi, Japan in 1994 at the young age of 16. Ueno's work has shown with some of the most established galleries, including major exhibitions in his home country of Japan at the Shimoni-Seki Museum & Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. He recently had a solo show at Thinkspace Gallery
Yosuke Ueno (上野陽介) - http://www.spaceegg77.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Yosuke Ueno
Fairytale characters
Surreal kawaii dreamscapes
Child's play DNA
Yosuke Ueno (上野陽介) - http://www.spaceegg77.com/
   "My hope for a piece is to complete itself beyond my imagination."

ART: Casper Kang - Bridging Perspectives

Casper Kang - (25 Images)
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   Born in Canada in 1981, Casper Kang lives & works in Seoul, South Korea. He draws inspiration from the corpus of traditional Korean imagery, reinterpreting & presenting the history of his mother culture as a formal recollection of an alternate past.
Casper Kang - http://casperkang.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Casper Kang
Outsider inside
Bridging cultures & history
Reconstructing time
Casper Kang - http://casperkang.com/

May 31, 2015

ART: Craig Drake - Asian Influences

Craig Drake - (12 Images)
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   With minimal as the mantra of the 2010s, Craig Drake's art has come along at just the right moment. He balances simplicity with enough well placed detail & beloved pop subject matter to make his work irresistible.

   This post focuses on Asian movie, anime & comic pop icons. This isn't the first time I've featured Craig's art & I can guarantee you it won't be the last.

   Craig recently had his second solo show at Hero Complex Gallery. The links to purchase prints below all lead to the Hero Complex Store. (Art without links has already sold out)

Akira - Foil Variant (36" x 12") 
Craig drake - http://craigdrake.tumblr.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Craig Drake
80s graphic style
Artistic economy
Slick pop nostalgia
Craig drake - http://craigdrake.tumblr.com/
Beatrix or Gogo - Large Variant Editions of 25 (24" x 72") 

ART: Sketches of Ancient Asia by Kim JungGi (김정기)

JungGi Kim (김정기) - (17 Images)
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   The argument over artistic talent vs effort ends with Kim JungGi. He is a uniquely gifted master artist who draws sprawling wide-angle murals, in ink with no references, relying only on images in his mind & without making any mistakes. His most recent accomplishment was setting the Guinness World Record for longest & fastest fish-eye art illustration at Odeon in Penang, Malaysia.
Kim Jung Gi (Kim) - http://www.superani.com/kim/
HAIKU Art Review: Jung-Gi Kim
Freehand sketch master
Eraserless perfection
Divine fish-eyed view
Kim Jung Gi (Kim) - http://www.superani.com/kim/
   To fully understand Jung Gi's genius, watch the drawing performance he did for Christie's Auction House. He travels all over the world performing his art. Typically, he works for 2-3 days on a large mural while cameras record his progress, then the time-lapse video gets upload to his YouTube channel.  

JungGi Kim's Drawing Performance for Christie's

ART: Samurai Inspired (武士触発)

Samurai Inspired - (40 Images)

   The helmet, the armor, the blades & the code... Everything about the samurai is intriguing. Artists especially, amateur & pro have their imaginations ignited by this ancient Japanese warrior.

   I've assembled, not 7, but 40 of my favorite bushi from 40 brilliant artists creating traditional & historically accurate samurai, pop remixed ronin, sci-fi shizoku, sexy onna-bugeisha & abstract yakuza.

Yuta Onoda (Japan)  Facebook - Twitter
Yuto Onoda - www.yutaonoda.com/
Pure controlled motion
Restless pen, ink flows like blood
Soul of Bushido
Aditya Permadi aka subjektzero - http://monoponik.com/
Aditya Permadi aka Subjektzero (Indonesia)

VID: The Best of Japanology 101

NHK Japanology - (21 Videos)
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    Japan 101 for foreigners, everything you ever wanted to know about Japan is right here.
   With all the charm of a corporate video, host Peter Barakan from the NHK thoroughly documents a distinct aspect of Japanese culture. These 30 min documentaries are extremely well researched & feature the foremost authorities in their respective fields.

   1. Ninja (忍者) -  Under cover of darkness, moving by stealth, ninja used superb physical skill a& special equipment to infiltrate & disrupt their enemies. Ninja appeared during Japan's age of regional conflict, & their origins seem to lie in small communities that were clustered in the mountainous regions of Iga & Koka. Our expert guest this time is Hiroshi Ikeda, who has spent the last 25 years tracking down information about ninja.

ART: Korean Basketball Illustrated by Kim Minsuk

MinSuk Kim (김민석) - (13 works)

   There's been a lot of basketball over the last 2 months & with the NBA Finals about the begin I wanted to present a different perspective through the incredible work of Korean illustrator, CEO & instructor, MinSuk Kim (김민석).
Kim MinSuk (김민석) - https://www.behance.net/illustkwang
   Kim MinSuk aka Kwang33 is one of the leading sports illustrators in Korea. He designs for several sports organizations, magazines & international clients. He has worked 10 years as the lead designer for the Korean magazine, "Rookie" which covers the NBA. He illustrates for the Korean Basketball League as well as Jumpball magazine which covers the KBL. He shares many of his designs on his Facebook page NBA Illustration.
Kim MinSuk (김민석) - https://www.behance.net/illustkwang

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