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Death and Fantasy: Paintings by Takato Yamamoto

Takato Yamamoto - creepy woman design with eyeball

Note: Contains nudity.

Takato Yamamoto paints gothic scenes that resemble erotic nightmares. He calls his work “Heisei Estheticism,” drawing on the tradition of Japanese woodblock prints and infusing them with images (often violent and sexualized) inspired by modern manga. Recurring motifs include sullen-faced women bound in ropes, rotting corpses festooned with vines, and bloodied vampires reposing under the full moon. Colliding sex with death, Yamamoto offers the viewer a narcotic stillness at the intersection of lust and fear—the figurative eye of arousal’s storm.

Takato Yamamoto - woman with severed head

Takato Yamamoto - woman laying with ropes

Takato Yamamoto - bondage

Takato Yamamoto - gothic bondage

Takato Yamamoto - woman holding ropes

Takato Yamamoto - woman in branches

Takato Yamamoto - man with moon

Takato Yamamoto - man with arrows

Takato Yamamoto - man

Images © Takato Yamamoto