Source: @FUDEGAMI Japanese Painter Yoshiyasu Tamura’s Art Called “Too Steamy” in Norway Despite Praise Online 2019-10-25 Fri 2019-10-28 Mon Yoshiyasu Tamura 田村吉康 is a painter, manga artist and illustrator who has made a name for himself around the world. He is known for manga works such as "Fudegami" (Jump Comics, Shueisha) in 2003 and, more recently in 2018, for the art in French manga "Devil's Relics" (Glénat, Fayard) by Gims and Jean-David Morvan. He is also known for his gorgeous art work inspired by Ukiyo-e and Yamato-e traditional Japanese painting styles as well as contemporary Japanese subcultures. For the past decade or so, Tamura has shown his works at exhibitions and fairs both at home and abroad, including the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He has also worked with the fashion brand McQ Alexander McQueen for the woman winter collection 2014 and collaborated with Ukranian photographer Marfa Vasilieva on a project combining manga body painting and photography in 2016. His paintings, which combine whimsy and fantasy, portray female forms, sometimes with Japanese features, other times with more Western features, and other times fused with animals, elements from the natural world as well as symbolic inanimate objects and technological artifacts. To view the works in their originally intended format, please click on the titles listed in the caption below Clockwise from upper left: 『来迎図』/『月下』/『駿風』/『天狐Ⅱ』"Comet Fox II"| Permission from © Yoshiyasu Tamura New artwork in Oslo: too steamy? Tamura's portrayals of women are at times sensual. Such was the case with a mural he was commissioned to be displayed in an upscale restaurant in Oslo, Norway. Against a dazzling gold backdrop, Tamura shows several kimono-clad women leisurely enjoying sake which they sip from red lacquered cups. While showing off the aesthetic refinement of their clothing, makeup and hair accessories, Tamura also highlights the confidence and physical presence of the women, and showcases their beauty and sensuality through his attention to their poses and facial expressions. The completed mural, painted on canvas in acrylic paint stands 2.5 meters high and over 19 meters in total length. 勿論当然ながら私にもクールジャパンとやらのお金は1mmも届いていませんが私は外国で日本人として画家・マンガ家と名乗っても恥じない仕事をしているはずだ pic.twitter.com/bTdNVDNE8Z— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) September 3, 2019 写真の整理も終わり（非撮影スタジオ内で素人による自力ではコレが限界でした後でノルウェーでプロが撮るはず）アトリエの片付けも少しずつ進むでしょう右隻 2.5x5.24m中央部 2.5x8.58m左隻 右隻と同じいずれもカンバスにアクリルカンバスへの作画期間は一ヶ月という強行軍でしたが終わりました pic.twitter.com/bIsOYClzVR— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) September 11, 2019 Tamura invited model Tsunamayo (@T_utero) to Italy to pose for the sketches: そして何よりツナマヨさん@T_utero彼女がわざわざイタリアまで来てモデルをしてくれていなければ、イタリアでスケッチしていなければこの絵は完成しませんでした私が6月日本に帰国してからモデルデッサン、形の把握やイメージ作り始めでは間に合わなかったお陰でとても艶やかな絵になったと思います pic.twitter.com/2kC0c02X6J— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) September 11, 2019 However, in a tweet he posted on October 20th, Tamura revealed that some Japanese people in Norway complained that his work was "too steamy." Actually, this painting for Norway which I worked myself to death on this summer had great reactions by Norwegians and the French architecture firm (which commissioned it) but some of the Japanese over there were opposed. The reason they gave was: "too steamy." Personally, I don't think so at all. All I can say is if you have a request, tell me before signing the contract when I show you the miniature mock-up, don't tell me after it's finished! Yoshiyasu Tamura's Twitter: posted on Oct. 20th This video shows the miniature mock-up and the completed mural artwork: Based on the content of the Tweet above, the Japanese people in question were probably involved with the project and could have influenced its artistic direction had they made their objections known when the miniature was shown. Since they did not, Mr. Tamura's indignation seems entirely warranted. Voices of praise In reaction to the tweet, the majority of the opinions voiced on Twitter were overwhelmingly positive. For example: Rather than "steamy," I think you should express it as "bewitching" The color, the feel of the materials and skin, the sexy expression, all of them are enough to make even women swoon, it's so wonderful. It's steamy but I don't think it's "pornographic." It's truly beautiful. Eros should also be appreciated as art. What a remarkable work. It requires physical strength and willpower to create art on such a scale. Please don't let the (negative) voices pull you down and keep up the great work! For those who are interested, an original pencil sketch for the mural is still available for purchase at his online store on Booth. Moreover, the entire work has been converted into a VR experience by ACW-DEEP Corp. which may (or may not) become available to the public in the future: 私がなんの交付金も補助も受けずに描いて主に外国で売っている絵がこちら（2.5x19.06mのカンバスにアクリル絵具で描画、撮影画像をVR用3Dデータに仮合成した動画はACW-DEEP社様作成 数日前のものから椅子が追加され位置やアングル等微調整されています） pic.twitter.com/FJ3RTHckca— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) September 26, 2019 Mr. Tamura's icon In case you were wondering, the cute woman in Mr. Tamura's Twitter icon is none other than himself. Fashion leader, model and makeup artist miyako, whose colorful ishoku-hada (other-skin) look we've covered before on grape Japan, helped create the makeover, transforming the bearded 41-year-old into a much younger-looking and female version of himself: 「オマエ高校デビューした女子高生かよいい加減にしろそろそろミュート案件だぞ」と先日も友人に怒られたばかりですが、安易に女性をブスと呼ぶツイートには何度でも「@miyakocore さんにメイクして貰えば41才男の私もこんなに可愛くなるんだからブスなんて実はこの世にいなくない？」と言っていきたい pic.twitter.com/5alinpoOql— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) February 19, 2019 Incidentally, this wasn't the first collaboration between these two creative minds, since miyako modeled for Tamura's live painting entitled『青不動』aofudō, inspired by the painting of the blue Cetaka guardian deity at Shōren-in Temple, a designated national treasure: pixivに投稿しました 青不動 #pixiv https://t.co/cEdKnLUhTW「青不動」 カンバス・アクリル 187x74.5cm 新宿高島屋「高天原 田村吉康絵画展」におけるライブペイントこの絵は「#異色肌ギャル」miyakoさん @miyakocore にモデルをお願いし、青蓮院の国宝「青不動」などを踏まえて描きました pic.twitter.com/Vm4IuzIkeX— 田村吉康 TAMURA Yoshiyasu (@FUDEGAMI) June 1, 2018 Yoshiyasu Tamura Links If you'd like to see more of Yoshiyasu Tamura's work or follow his activities on social media, please visit one of the following links: Official home page: Yoshiyasu Tamura On Twitter On Pixiv Shop on Booth By - Ben K. 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