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The Influence of the Shin Hanga Artist Shotei Takahashi on Senju Shunga

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The influence of the Shin Hanga artist Hiroaki Takahashi aka. Shotei (1871-1945) on the modern-day shunga artist Senju Shunga is already visible in earlier works like Kitsune (2014) and  Kiyohime (2014). In his most recent print ‘Kuroneko (Black Cat – Fig.1)’ he took Shotei’s late masterpiece ‘Nude Playing with a Cat‘ (Fig.5) as starting point. Shotei Shotei was a prolific […]

Rare Scroll with 12 Shunga Paintings by the Nihonga Artist Morimura Gito

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Morimura Gitō (1870-1938) was a Nihonga artist from Aichi Prefecture, who studied under Okumura Sekiran and Kimura Kaneaki. He was known for his landscapes and figure paintings, but we came across a hanging scroll from the Meiji era in which he takes a rare foray into the erotic genre of shunga. Little Dog The scenes […]

Headless Erotica: An Interview with the Shunga Artist Aiko Robinson

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As a follow-up to our much-read article from last April, Shunga Gallery interviews the contemporary shunga artist Aiko Robinson. In the interview you’ll discover what makes the artist tick, her background, influences, fascination with shunga and off course the mystery behind the headless figures in her work… 1) Can you tell something about yourself? Your background, […]

Juarez Machado and His Sensual Tango Dancers and Ode to Shunga (32 Pics)

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The now eighty-year old Brazilian artist Juarez Machado (born in Joyneville on March 16, 1941) can look back on a very productive career in which he has worked in many guises including painter, sculptor, illustrator, cartoonist, mime, writer, photographer, set and graphic designer and even as an actor. His paintings are characterized by a distinct use […]

Senju Shunga’s ”Hikage” Inspired by Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows

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Inspired by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s ‘In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows)‘, the essay much admired Senju Shunga’s, this new painting entitled ‘Hikage (Shade)‘ offers a more explicit scene than his previous works. In Praise of Shadows discusses traditional Japanese aesthetics in contrast with change. Senju loves its poetic and beautiful celebration of days gone by and how innovations […]

Toyotama-Hime: The Dragon Princess by Senju Shunga

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“You can never paint like me! That is fine, because I can never paint like you”. This is a quote by Salvador Dali, that liberated the Swedish artist Senju Shunga (1968), and gave him the confidence to develop his uniqueness as an artist. This is a slow process and on this slow path towards artistic […]

Aiko Robinson Offers a New Strong Voice in Modern Shunga

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The young Japanese/ New Zealand artist Aiko Robinson (1993), living in New Zealand, represents a fascinating new voice in the contemporary shunga realm. Her drawings and prints, in which she uses the same techniques and aesthetic idiom of the traditional Japanese shunga masters of the 19th century, depict faceless coital engagement in a unique way. Faceless As […]

Three Great Contemporary Japanese Shunga Artists

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Nowadays, most erotic works in Japan are designed simply to be superficially attractive and create sexual titillation. A few exceptional artists, among them Miki Maruhashi and Mani Rho, integrate figures from modern animation into traditional shunga, in an effort to highlight the similarities as well as the changes in costumes and in the style and […]

The Fascinating Shunga Sketches of Kawanabe Kyosai

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Rembrandt once said that drawing is like walking—the only way to achieve results is by constant practice. The following three sketches by Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) give a nice intimate view into the artist’s working method. It provides the opportunity to follow his creative quest closely, and see how he conveys the emotions that flow through the bodies […]

Botan Doro: Sensual Tale of the Peony Lantern by Senju Shunga

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Ever since the start of Shunga Gallery we’re following the creative evolvement of the modern shunga artist Senju Shunga (1968) closely. This clearly shows how the artist’s aesthetics are increasingly taking shape. His latest ghost painting Botan Doro: Tale of the Peony Lantern is a nice example of this. Pre-raphaelite In this work he brings together many of […]

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