Thursday, April 7, 2011

►Ko. Machiyama - Abstract painter and fashion illustrator

Ko. Machiyama specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations. His artwork overflows with calm, tranquil energy and is reminiscent of Masuo Ikeda.

Born in 1980 in Chiba Japan, now based in Tokyo, he studied at Tokyo Zokei University and Setsu Mode Seminar. He is a member of professional illustrators group Illustrators Tsushin and has worked with clients such as Kongo Shuppan, Mutron, LG Japan, American Home Direct, Educa & Quest, Kodansha and Tokio Marine & Nichido Communications to name a few.

The beautiful, the abstract, the intimate work of Ko. Machiyama. In these images, shapes (outlines) are controlled, are realistic in the way they sort of sit (like an arm, so truly an arm) and these areas of control are offset by moments of sort of wild gestures.

Colors are rendered through textures and combined in subdued ways, almost vintage-y but the shall we say detailed abstractions suggest a contemporary-ness placing them in the now.

I think maybe there's a sense of isolation in the work. Figures frequently sit alone or sort of stare off into nothing. And yet we (I) believe in their existence because of their careful rendering.

And well I am moved by these pieces, by the characters herein. I want to know of their lives of these frozen moments. The work communicates a cool remove but the very act of their rendering suggests an intimacy, an interest.

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