I found these interesting self portraits by Japanese artist Kohei Akiba. I’m drawn to them because I love illustration and street art and come from a fine art background and I suppose you could say that Akiba’s work has all these elements. They’re like a pop version of a Francis Bacon. Bacon – lite perhaps. I don’t mean this as a dismissive remark at all because I really like the work; simple, intuitive, rough, disturbing and bold, his colours are fresh and strong. There is a confidence there that I like.
Akiba is a prolific artist having produced over 400 works in four years. His latest series is quite different to these images – they’re mostly in black and white and created with a variety of materials on the canvas. Check them out. I might stick them up another time.
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