Takahiro Kimura‘s collages are simply breathtaking. No kidding. Not for me anyway. They blow me away, go beyond collage in so many ways. Kimnura’s experience as an illustrator, animator and painter is clearly evident in his work which is light years away from other artists who use the collage technique.
Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that he’s Japanese, studied all his life in Tokyo, is immersed in Japanese culture, art, film, etc, rather than the euro-centric dadaist tradition of the cut-up which they days tends to linger in old 1950s images of suburban America, landscapes, sci-fi and typography. I don’t know. But I do know this. They are exceptional.
He seems to be very specific about his work striving as he does to show the complicated nature of the human spirit through peculiar physical distortions. Here’s what his site says about his work:
[The faces] that Takahiro Kimura draws formidably conspicuously depict karmic suffering and ugliness of human being, which make them feel somewhere – lonely even though they are drawn with dazzlingly brilliant colors. Therefore, his paintings burn unforgettable intense impressions to consciousness of people who have seen them.
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