Japanese painter Hajime Sorayama found fame in the 80s with skillfully executed, highly fetishized airbrushed portraits of sexy female forms. His "objets de sexe" quickly found their way into American men's magazines Playboy & Penthouse, from there he went on to illustrate movie posters, album covers & other ads for various international brands. In this century, he has collaborated with fashion designers Mark Ecko & Stussy. Below is concept art commissioned by George Lucas for a Star Wars project.
HAIKU Art Review: Hajime Sorayama
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Some of Sorayama's art is cringe inducingly sexist, but his images are so seductive, so technically masterful that he draws the viewer into his world. There is love &/or passion in his art. He lovingly objectifies women, he passionately fetishizes them & the results are fantastic guilty pleasures.
Enjoy, in private.
Hajime Sorayama was born in 1947 in Imabari, Japan. In 1965 he was admitted to the Shikoku Gakuin University, where he began to study Greek & English literature. In 1967, after the publication of his first work, Pink Journal, he transferred to Tokyo's Chuo Art School where he began to study art. Sorayama graduated in 1968 at the age of 21, & gained an appointment in an advertising agency. He became a freelance illustrator in 1972. In 1978 he drew his first robot.
Hajime Sorayama (空山基) - Artbooks
(Hardcover 2014 ~ 480 pages)
(Hardcover 2013 ~ 160 pages)
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