Yoshiyasu Tamura is a manga artist. He gets his inspiration for his works from ukiyo-e and yamato-e (Japanese traditional painting styles). His objective is to find the common aesthetic between Japanese painting of the past and subcultures, such as modern manga and anime. He tries to rediscover what he calls the “real Japanese aesthetics”, which is born naturally from the people and free from the bounds of the authorities.
Representation of female figures is his dominant motif and concept. They appear in traditional kimonos and each has different eye colour, but never Asiatic in shape. They have fantastic hair set-ups even with super gadgets. These images are not portraits of actual females, but idealized characters. They are pop idols or sexual personae of the XXI century Japan.
Zero Moment Point 2014 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas 60 x 89 cm
Matsukaze 2013 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas 72 x 60 cm
Butterflies 2015 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas 91 x 91 cm
Connection 2014 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas 79 x 60.7cm
Orca 2016 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas 50 x 40 cm
Takada-Matsubara 2017 acrylic and gold leaf on canvas 91,5 x 58,5 cm
Cat-ch 2017 acrylic painting, gold leaf on canvas 91,5 x 58,5 cm
Yuku Hime 2016 acrylic, gold leaf on canvas on panel 34.5 x 49.5cm