Keiichi Tanaami is a seminal figure in Japanese Pop art. “Most of my expressions are based on my actual experiences,” he has said. “The countless amount of stimulative experiences, happenings and encounters…they become the keywords of my expressions.”
Best known for his cartoonish and colorful paintings that blend dream figures and references to childhood experiences with pop culture iconography, Tanaami has also worked in video, animation, as well as graphic design and commercial illustration, drawing profound influence from the work of Andy Warhol.
The Psychedelic Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami’s sensational paintings of crazy characters engaged in the chaos of war has made him a leading art figure not just in Japan, but all over the world.
In his current solo show titled “Visible Darkness, Invisible Darkness”, Tanaami continues to present these powerful images from his memories as a child during World War II. The show marks the artist’s first major solo presentation in the United States, currently on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York.
We did a piece on :phunk Studio earlier this year, and now seeing this show they did with Keiichi Tanaami, we are damn happy we did it. Holy, it looks dope. The show is up until September 19, 2010, so if you are flying through Singapore, hit it up.
Eccentric City – Rise and Fall
ICA Gallery 1
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