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THE SKETCH

Keiichi Tanaami

In our next regular issue, we look at how the visual acuity of Japanese pop-art icon Keiichi Tanaami fuses personal history with riotous visions and still influences artists today

For over five decades, Keiichi Tanaami has blended references to pop culture, Hollywood films, imagery from traditional Japanese ink paintings and myths from various civilizations. His creations—paintings, sculptures, prints and experimental films—unpack a traumatic childhood spent in Tokyo during the Second World War, with distorted contours of bodily horror and looming, vacant eyes articulating the overwhelming mental shock that the artist felt…

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