The two Shunga (Japanese erotica) inspired pieces I created for the Autumn Society‘s “East Meets East” exhibition at AxD Gallery have been selected to appear in American Illustration 30, which will be released in November of this year at the annual AI-AP party in NYC.
The objective of the show was to compare and contrast Japanese fine art with Japanese pop art and or pop culture. I have always been fascinated with Japanese erotica and how that contrasts with our more prudish (or at least repressed) Western cultural outlook on sex and eroticism. And obviously video game graphics are a big influence on my work so that was the logical pop culture lens with which to view this contrast.
The first one is an homage to arguably the most famous artist and example of the Shunga genre, Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, which could also be the considered the origin of the “tentacle erotica” genre. The second is a tribute to Underwater Assault by the artist Utamaro.