Some artists keep their lives hidden so the focus remains solely on their work. Outside of Japan, there is little known about Takato Yamamoto other than he is a Japanese artist who produces beautiful, dark, exquisite paintings of sex and death. Takato Yamamoto was born in Akita Prefecture Japan in After graduating from the painting department of the Tokyo Zokei University, he experimented with the Ukiyo-e Pop style. His first exhibition was held in Tokyo, in The Heisei period started on January 8th, , with the death of Emperor Hirohito and the ascension of his son Emperor Akihito.
Sex, Scandal, and Allure: The Erotic Art of Shun-ga from Edo to Early Modern Japan
Shunga: Japan's Ancient Erotica
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Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e , usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate ukiyo-e. Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo-period shunga varied widely in its depictions of sexuality. As a subset of ukiyo-e it was enjoyed by all social groups in the Edo period, despite being out of favour with the shogunate. Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers.
Think of Toshio Saeki's work as a gaping, red maw consuming all women and some men , salivating over their bodies and licking them into a sexual frenzy before swallowing them whole, like giant pieces of sashimi. Japanese schoolgirls in uniforms, elderly matrons with wrinkled skin, attractive young women in kimonos and the occasional horny businessman or samurai -- all are sucked into Saeki's imaginary, Jabba the Hut-like pie hole, forced down his rapacious gullet and chased back with copious quantities of sake. Saeki, 55, is the godfather of Japanese erotica -- the one illustrator in the frenetic, oversexed, comics-crazy nation whose imagination outpaces all others. For decades, the art cognoscenti of Japan and elsewhere have hailed him as a psychosexual dream weaver who traverses all taboos with oozing, bloody scenes of insatiable carnality.