A master in his own hallmark style of zagging, psychedelic paintings, prolific Japanese painter Keiichi Tanaami brings his work to a new exhibit in Hong Kong. In the 1960s, Tanaami created Japanese-edition album covers for The Monkees and Jefferson Airplane before joining the ranks of Playboy as art director. This set the painter up perfectly to create a lengthy body of pop art-inspired works, an aesthetic that exists even in the two series premiering at next week’s Art Basel in Hong Kong. The first set of paintings references pop icons such as Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon, done in an exaggerated animation style per Osamu Tezuka and Walt Disney. The second set is a bit more modernist, depicting Tanaami’s childhood war experiences as overlapping, obscured images. Both sets will debut at AISHONANZUKA in Hong Kong beginning May 15.
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