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Kazuhiko Nakamura's "Atoma" - An Homage To Astro Boy

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2011

Atoma by Kazuhiko Nakamura, 2011 - click to enlarge

And while we're doing breathtaking one-image features, here's Kazuhiko Nakamura's brand new piece Atoma - a spectacular homage to Osamu Tezuka's iconic Tetsuwan Atomu - yes, you could tell by looking at Atoma's hair... err... spirals, couldn't you?

As the artist himself puts it, it's a "biomechanical Astro Boy" so if I read any mentions of "steampunk" in the discussion thread, your comment will be glue gunned and your IP stuck to a cog and sold on Etsy. Cause that's what happens with steampunk. Yes.

If you happen to be Facebook friends with Kazuhiko, you can see in-progress pictures of Atoma here.

Suehiro Maruo... I think... somewhere... in Shiogama, Japan

by Suzanne on March 1st, 2011

Plate 39, Maruo Graph Ex I © Suehiro Maruo - click to enlarge

My inked right arm says that Suehiro Maruo doesn't need any introduction here. Otherwise, there's his website here.

And then, there's my friend Aeron from MonsterBrains who recently uploaded a nice selection of Maruo material for those of you who don't own Éditions Treville's two Maruographs yet (I'm linking to my friends from AkaTako here because they're awesome and you should totally rob John Galliano/sleep with Charlie Sheen/behead Gaddafi to buy all their stock.)

Now due to translation issues, I am not entirely sure what exactly this event in Shiogama is about BUT the names Edogawa Rampo and Suehiro Maruo always make me drool so I thought I'd announce it anyway even though I misread for a second that Osamu Tezuka had magically risen from his grave when I realised talk was merely about the art prize named after the great master.

Anyway, what I think I essentially understood is that there's an exhibition with "original illustrations" by Maruo taking place at Fureai Esupu Shiogama Art Gallery in Shiogama from March 8 - 20. There is also a discussion WITH MARUO on March 12 for which registration is required.

So yeah, please do get in touch to correct me, Japanese speakers. The original listing is here.

© Suehiro Maruo - click to enlarge

On show: Mar 8 - 20, 2011

Address: Fureai Esupu Shiogama Art Gallery (in Lifelong Learning Center), 〒 985-0036 , Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, Higashitamagawa 9-1, Japan, tel: 022-367-2010 | Map

Opening hours: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 5 PM

Admission: Free

Artist's website

In other, randomly assorted, genius art news:

i) A Journey Round My Skull is now 50Watts. Update your bookmarks, links, feeds NOW.

ii) Santiago Caruso's newest watercolour The Last Prophet is of immense apocalyptic beauty:

iii) Ki Yoong still draws fantastically despite the fact that his brain has fallen out of his ears and is sliding out of the door with the slugs and woodlice. Yes.

iv) Michael Hansmeyer's subdivision columns make my head spin with insane Gothic glory: