Monochromatic Paintings Feature Layers of Raw Emotion

The girls in these paintings have a haunting beauty that seamlessly blends youthful innocence with eerie suggestions of death. In his work, Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu makes artwork that explores the emotional aspects of Japanese society. He says, "My art deals with a fictional form of death…a metaphor for people losing their soul and place in society."
To create each piece, Takamatsu goes through an extensive creative process. He first develops a rough sketch with pencil or pen. Once his idea is formed, the artist creates a digital file with multiple cross sections, adding gradations of light and dark, and then printing on a customized tarp. The tarp is then glued onto a panel where Takamatsu touches the piece up with acrylic paints to emphasize the lines and textures, and then finishes the piece off with a matte medium and an overlay of jet-black acrylic gouache.

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