A selection of Toshio Saeki's previously unseen works, uniquely printed in a large, lush format. Throughout, paper vellum overlays reproduce Saeki's unique method for adding color to his black and white artwork. He does not apply color directly, but instead uses overlays to indicate the exact colors he wants. He calls this method chinto printing - the picture is complete only after it has been printed - a modern version of the ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints. Though Onikage contains nearly two-dozen full color and seven black and white images, the viewer is not allowed to see every image in all stages. Like the artist, the viewer must use his or her imagination to complete these peculiar pictures.
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B.1945, Miyazaki pref. Raised in Osaka, Saeki grew up interested in art. By the early 70s he was garnering praise for his unique style of illustration. In the late 70s/ early 80s Saeki's fine art career was in full swing and he began showing internationally, at galleries from Paris to California. For the last 2 decades he has continued to produce a large amount of artwork, collected and shown worldwide. Notable publications include Chimushi 1 & 2, and Akaihako (Red Box). In 2000, Saeki was commissioned to create a 30 x 33' banner for Ozz fest. He has shown at Saitama Pref. Museum,Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Note, this is an EXCERPT -- Contact Colin if you want the full version or want to reprint it -- Excerpt from the Introduction, by Toshio Saeki: ... I realized the one thing I could not stand was for my creations to be boring. The attitude of pursuing entertaining elements in my work remained with me throughout childhood, and it seemed to have a firm root in my retelling of the films, and the picture-stories I created. When a boy enters adolescence, he becomes disturbed by erotic thoughts from time to time. In the art high school where I was studying, elder students would sell obscene photos in the dark corridors next to the studios. The photos were very stimulating to me. They said the photos were stolen from their father's secret albums. The nature of men being inseparable from erotic thoughts, and it being handed down from father to son, seemed very funny and sad to me at the same time. Amidst working hard on sketches of plaster figures and oil paint, I gradually found myself drawing forbidden erotic pictures. At that time, I had no experience with women yet, so my imagination was persistently obscene. I drew the pictures to satisfy the few friends I had, but first and foremost, they had to arouse and infatuate me sexually, or else I would not be happy with them. So as gratifying a task as it was for me, it was quite a difficult practice. I had no idea that this secret creative engagement would turn out to be the strong foundation for my future works. In the past, a famous writer described my works as "obviously peculiar" and I cannot completely deny that. I want to surprise people, make them happy, and if possible, even completely enchant the minds of those who see my work. To realize that, I will choose whatever method it takes, and will not limit myself. In the modern world, where one rarely stops to think about the truth behind the moment, you might enjoy it if you take a peep at my mysterious and strange illusions. To those who frown at them, I want to place the drawings right in front of your face and ask if you really disapprove. I'm always thinking, how wonderful it would be to give shape to psychological pictures which everyone hides and holds deep within them.
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