NEW PAINTINGS BY KAZUKI TAKAMATSU AT COREY HELFORD GALLERY, LA

April 22, 2013  |  art

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Currently on exhibit at Culver City's Corey Helford Gallery is a provocatively titled show of beautiful new work by Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu, "Japanese Ideology of Puberty." Known for his immaculately-rendered ethereal, ghostly images, Takamatsu employs a hybrid technique that combines elements of computer design with traditional painting methodologies to create images that are utterly unique in their visual depth and presentation. Through the computer graphic technique of depth-mapping, three-dimensional space is digitally visualized in a series of multiple depth plains. Using acrylic black and white paints and gouaches, Takamatsu then hand paints his teenage subjects modeled on deep computer visual space. “Each graduation from surface to depth means the distance and there is no light and shadow. The color of black and white are metaphor for truth and evil, race and religion,” says the artist. In this new body of work, the artist tackles the ripe subject of Japanese teenage sexuality with allegorical visual cues and symbols that contrast and conflict with the seeming innocence of his young female subjects.

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Kazuki Takamatsu (right) with painter Van Arno & Lydia Emily

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