by Ariadna Zierold
Akira Yamaguchi paints large and complex canvases using a technique which recalls ancient Japanese yamato-e paintings. This traditional style is updated and mixed with manga-like scenes and employed for mostly contemporary subjects.
The artist’s favorite themes are hyper-detailed cityscapes featuring buildings and infrastructures which are sometimes cross-sectioned in order to show what’s happening in the interiors. Traditional and contemporary buildings are filled with people dressed as in different epochs, cohabiting in a chaotic and stratified world.