●Please tell me the concept of your two dimensional works and the work that was exhibited this time using Billy dolls. A common concept to my paintings and the Billy dolls is “Japanese. ” There has been a custom of “danshoku” from ancient days in our country, but it has come to be erased from […]
●Please let me know how you liked holding your first private exhibition in a Japanese gallery. A: Since a lot more people than I thought visited, I got an enthusiastic response and was impressed. ●What is art? What is pornography? Where is the borderline between them? A: From my point of view, the thing that […]
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We received the following questions from a fan of Kujira, and he has kindly responsed. Where did you study painting (manga)? I didn’t study painting (manga) at all. I had seen manga I like, and kept practicing it. Where can I get your manga? I think you can get it at bookshops covering gay magazines. […]
Figure and illustration artists Itetsu Ogura recently gave us a few minutes of his time to discuss his approach to his works. What was the initial motivation for producing figures? I wanted to give my gay friend something handcrafted as a birthday gift. I then produced a first three dimensional work in the motif of […]
I recently caught up with Moriuo and asked him a few questions. I love his art, and hope you do too. What made you begin to draw gay illustration? When I applied for a competition which was for the readers of a gay magazine, I sent the postcard that I drew an illustration on. Because […]
Masahiro Yamanaka is a Japanese artist whose works are based on the life and times of Shinjuku 2 chome (a gay street in Tokyo). He exhibited his work at our exhibition for Mardis Gras, ‘Boys Life’. His works are not erotic, but showcase different aspects of Japanese gay life, giving a picture of the dramas […]
We were recently lucky enough to interview Jiraiya, a popular and well known artist from Japan who exhibited at our Boys Life exhibition for the Sydney Mardis Gras. Using Illustrator, QuarkXPress and Photoshop, Jiraiya’s illustrations are realistic and delicate descriptions of Japanese men. His works have been published in both books and magazines in Japan […]