Spectral Paintings by Kazuki Takamatsu

Kazuki TakamatsuArtist, Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Miyagi Japan in 1978. Growing up, Kazuki was influenced by media and subculture and went on to attend the Department of Oil Painting at Tohoku University of Art & Design, graduating in 2001. Kazuki has since had numerous exhibits and shows Рhis first, a Solo Exhibit in Tokyo in 2012, up to his most recent, his first show held in the United States, at the Corey Helford Gallery in in Culver City, California. 

Kazuki Takamatsu’s body of work is filled with¬†spectral and ghostly images¬†that¬†explore narratives with¬†Japanese anime style girls. His earlier works begin with paintings portraying a¬†young girls¬†innocence and softness, then they graduate to work that begins to explore her growing sexuality and finally¬†progress into his more current productions, becoming more subliminal, evoking images symbolic of war and death.

Kazuki’s process is clever and creative. He has married¬†the worlds of digital art and¬†fine art to develop his unique acrylic paintings. To create each piece, he plans his idea, creating¬†a rough sketch. ¬†He¬†then¬†creates the idea¬†as a 3D digital file. Then he prints the¬†final draft onto a customized canvas. The canvas¬†is glued onto a panel where he proceeds to paint over the underlying print with acrylics and gouache. What I find the most creative about his work is the way¬†he has turned gradient banding, something that is normally¬†considered a¬†no-no¬†mishap in the world of digital work, into an original formula for creating his luminescent, engaging and otherworldly¬†paintings. The final result of his concept and¬†process is¬†a rich portfolio filled with¬†memorable representations of mood and emotion¬†and illustrative¬†political statements.

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Kazuki Takamatsu - Softly

Kazuki Takamatsu - Clothes are Important

Kazuki Takamatsu - Catching Fireflies

Kazuki Takamatsu - Motion

Kazuki Takamatsu - Exploration

Kazuki Takamatsu - Playing with my Feline Friends

Kazuki Takamatsu - Physical Contact

Kazuki Takamatsu - Self Control

Kazuki Takamatsu - If you woke up, you would be in a new world

Kazuki Takamatsu - Apparitions

Kazuki Takamatsu - A High School Girl's Territory

Kazuki Takamatsu - We Came to Chop Down

Kazuki Takamatsu - Spiral

Kazuki Takamatsu - The Flu

Kazuki Takamatsu - What is More Important for Me Now

Kazuki Takamatsu - Impression of Death

Spectral Paintings by Kazuki Takamatsu

Spectral Paintings by Kazuki Takamatsu was last modified: February 27th, 2016 by bcr8tive