Masami Teraoka

5 07 2015

Masami Teraoka was born in 1936 in Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan.  He graduated in 1959 with a B.A. in aesthetics from Kwansei Gakuin University, and continued his education to receive a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1968.  Integrating reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, and history with the present became his working challenge. His early paintings are often focused on the meeting of his two cultures—East and West. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize some themes in his work.  In the 1980’s, Teraoka’s watercolors became large scale in an effort to depict the subject of AIDS.  Since the late 1990’s, he has been producing large-scale narrative work addressing social and political issues, especially the abuse of children by priests and other examples of hypocrisy in religious institutions. His recent large-scale paintings are inspired by Renaissance paintings and continue the narrative approach of his Ukiyo-e inspired work.

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Joram Roukes

5 07 2015

Joram Roukes. It is as if in the moment we are flooded with all possible images. That fill and then disappear in our memories. Leaving behind what we call ‘reality’. I love these pics. They range from the horrid to the whimsical.

 





I just had the most awful chill come over me…

5 07 2015

I just had the most awful chill come over me..by David Halliday