The surrealistic paintings of Tetsuya Ishida (1973-2005) explore the dark side of modern life.
Wow. Very strange, but you can't take tour eyes off them
wow, i just became a fan.
Very powerful, amazingly executed. Stops you in your tracks, makes you think! Thank you for sharing!
I'm pleasantly disturbed (is that possible?) be these images. I really like them. Thanks for posting about them.
Outstanding and inspiring- sadly, there is to be no new work from tis modern master.
That some crazy stuff! Crazy good that is. Very disturbing but in a totally engrossing way. Great post.
Incredibly beautiful and immersive; with some the vividness creates an odd sense of deja vu.
I highly recommend the book from him: 「石田徹也遺作集」ISBN4-7630-0629-0
You can find it amazon: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E7%9F%B3%E7%94%B0%E5%BE%B9%E4%B9%9F%E9%81%BA%E4%BD%9C%E9%9B%86-%E7%9F%B3%E7%94%B0-%E5%BE%B9%E4%B9%9F/dp/4763006290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275972675&sr=8-1
Really sad he died so young ... outstanding art. Says more about Japan than all those documentaries and books and what not else were written.
love the dissociation
I found a few of his other work as well upon someone elses blog.
I don't what it is, but his style is so moving, yet so sad...
These are great! Kind of similar to some of Dali's work in that everything is rendered accurately and realistically, no matter how bizarre. What I like is that everything seems so familiar... bento boxes and mass-produced bathrooms, the schools and the ticket gates. Just fantastic.
Realy nice !
Oh wow those are creepy.
I'm the fortunate owner of two copies of the Codex Seraphineanus. I'd gladly trade in one of them for Ishida's work in print. Is there a book out yet?
Check out the publisher's website http://www.kyuryudo.co.jp (in Japanese),both books available at Amazon JP.
I think I'm in lurv
Eeesh, these really bring out the darker side of Japanese life, or more specifically, the darker side of consumerist/corporate life in Japan's big cities. There really are some poignant points here and I can't take my eyes off the pictures. Great find!
So sad to have died so young.
Amazing paintings! They remind me of a salvia trip I once had. I feel like the artist as experienced somethign similar.
i had this exact thought
Very 'protest' art. Statement posters against communism/junk food etc etc. Powerful yet disturbing and sad. Very hard-hitting and emotive. Well done............ I think.
Reminds me of Garbage Pail Kids.
why is the guy always so sad =/ these make me wanna cry
the details are f*cking amazing
This doesn't even make sense. Art shouldn't be like pin the tail on the donkey, this is just random. Real art is the mona lisa or van gogh
Not random at all - you are just unable to see the symbolism. ...Both the Mona Lisa & Van Gogh were mostly portraits, not true art that makes a statement. The most artistic thing about Van Gogh was his brush-strokes. Check out Francis Bacon or Goya if you need a crash course.
Actually, these make a lot of sense. I can break down the ideals behind these paintings pretty simply. I believe they are commenting on the materialism of modern society(assuming namely Americans), and how in a sense we have become our possessions.. It goes deeper than that, but in my opinion that's the gist.
You don't know WHAT the FUCK you are talking about. That's what I like about you.
this is not even an opinion Suggins.... you make me sad
very very disappointing suggins
Excellent! I love his works, great post!
v. provoking , forcing us to face Life , darkness, fine, but , where is the positive side? the Light that guides us thru the Day. Comedy to balance the Tragedy , thanks
I suggest a "positive" side to it... Not sure if it cuts down that evenly or cleanly, but here it is:
Seems more real than reality itself in some way.
Well, I must say it seems to take all of my emotions and sense(s) of self and blend them in some sort of picturesque blender that makes me smell a peculiar smell... a kind of smell that makes me remember a kind of reality I'm "not supposed to remember"... what gets me is how POSITIVE some of the feelings are...
The most positive one for me is the last one, with its bright-sky spaciousness, the way consciousness seems to surround the scene like an invisible velvet blanket, and the way the personification of what looks like a static structure (school) and unpalatable process (being put "through" school) seems made into something somehow transcendentally positive. It is the spirit of the children which enable it.
It is the spirit of the children which enables all the suffering to be endured.
It is their playfulness that pervades objects, enabling them to have lives of their own.
It is their dignity that reveals how the grown-ups have lost theirs, becoming objects and process linkages.
But there is some bright, kool-aid tangerine light that shines over it all... soothing it.
Very much touching... just a truth of our life. The pleasure of pain is when pictured so much in details. The form of pure beauty, the contents rotten flesh of existence. Reminds me of Bosh, Giger, and Beksinski (http://beksinski.republika.pl/10.htm).
Absolutely love them, can't get enough - strong social commentary, great messages, well-thought, appropriately developed concepts. Keep it up!!!
some remind me of a book called Perdido Street Station
These are wonderful. I've seen a couple of them before and I saved them, it's nice to find some others because I freaking love this artist
Quite the imagination, great use for futuristic bathroom fixtures, Or maybe that is how it comes back together when it all comes apart.
These are shockingly sad. A life on a conveyer belt. A trapped soul as part of the machine. Thats all we are. Thats all the artist was. This is what he saw everyday until he was hit by a train (possibly suicide) at the age of 32. Along with every other person who kils themselves in the country with the highest suicide rate in the world.
These pictures express the horror they have to escape and they are indeed real art.
Seems you are on to something.
Very moving. Speaks a lot about asian cultures pressure to pick a career in your preteens & consumption. And says alot about loss of identity and personal-space in a culture obsessed with practicality also..
Something tells me he's afraid of dentists...
impressionante ... esse ser tem o dom do surrealismo ... fiquei fascinada!
.... I like these a lot.... too bad the artist is no longer with us.... but now I am a fan too !!
this are amazing, it tells so much about modern life entanglement.
Big mistake of who gave this title to this post. "Surrealistic paintings.." Come on, this painter born 30 or 40 years after surrealistic time, when this was already fade. Not even late-surrealistic we can call this screens. Not arguing the merit of this painter -wich seems to be great- but with who "wrote" (or just copy/pasted some images under the "surrealistic" label in a lack of another name) this post.
Seems more real than reality itself in some way... oh wait a minute... that's what "surreal" means... yes.
But they are very surreal, no?
I think these paintings capture both the surrealism of the 40's and also the reality of life now - with more graphic violence being portrayed on t.v. and video games. It was bound to happen....great stuff...love the phone booth one.
I feel so traped.
This is amazing.
Definitely conjures up a lot of emotion....captivating, sickening, beautiful, tragic, how I feel on Mondays...your work is brilliant
Very salvia-esque !!!!
not enough words to describe the work. engaging doesn't quite do it.
but it sums up my convoluted emotions brewing inside... as rain passionately kiss my window; making me miss home-- and all emotions both familiar and grotesque; pushing at the same time stopping the urge to go out and dance under the weeping sky.
Excelentes todas las obras que vi , la verdad que es un placer poder ver arte de este nivel . Saludos !
Beautiful work, such a shame he died so young
they remind me of the story called The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The paintings are fantastic and lovely.
Wow... really love this work
His work is amazing, its so different
you just cant take your eyes off it!
This is soooo f***ing creepy... I LOVE THEM!!!! <3
Wow, to me it represents humans as objects to be exploited, uncanny,
I just love this artwork - I find each piece absolutely fascinating - what an imagination!! Wonderful.
Impressionnant mais je pense que c'est le but on se croit dans un rêve sans savoir si il est bon ou mauvais.
Bravo pour l'imagination et le talent de dessinateur
It doesn't help that the faces all sport lifeless eyes. I'm a big fan of Ishida's works before I bothered to find out his name. I can somehow relate to some of his pieces that it's terrifying. Slaving away for a job that you don't like, keeping up with my parents' and society's expectations that living has somehow become a burden...
My favorite was the microscope job panelists. Brings back memories of how hard it was job hunting.
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