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The Macabre Porn Art by Toshio Saeki

The art of Toshio Saeki can best be described as surreal porn (Freud’s Dream Analysis meets violent samurai). His immoral bloody and humorous world is inhabited by unfortunate tied down females, violent ninjas and samurai warriors performing vicious amputations, vagina-picking crows and roosters, the inevitable octopuses, mutilated mermaids, sadistic zombies, and other morbid creatures.

Horrifying Dream

His prints are a contemporary version of the classical Japanese woodblock printing technique, using strong vivid colors and strong lines. Saeki (1945, Miyazaki) is not drawn to portray idyllic-looking scenery. In an interview in 2013 with Dazed he explained “…I try instead to capture the vivid flowers that sometimes grow within a shameless, immoral and horrifying dream.”

a young scarred male is carving the back of a geisha with a blade

Distort the Understanding

About the reluctance to talk about his art he commented “…I only explain myself through my drawings, I can’t put into words what the images mean. It would not be difficult for me to come up with various arguments concerning the images, but that will distort the understanding of the works for sure”.

Yakuza

As an adolescent Saeki was a fervent fan of cheap samurai and Yakuza (Japanese crime syndicate) movies that included a lot of violence and gore but were intended to make the viewer laugh. These kind of features are evident in Saeki’s art.

toshio saeki painting with a young schoolboy caressing the private parts of a schoolgirl in the park

Subconcious

Striking is that Saeki doesn’t use models or source imagery. His imagery is drawn from the subconscious inspired on visions, dreams, and memories that have remained in his mind. Although he primarily uses his fantasy and recollection there are also components of Japanese culture present in his art, from interior design and textile patterns, to mythical characters, ancient shunga, and allusions to well-known stories.

Secret Voyeur

Like in the ancient shunga prints, Saeki’s images sometimes includes a secret voyeur. In shunga these peeking figures are part of the whole scene while in Saeki’s world they are added as a surreal component to create a dynamic of the psychic device that exposes the numerous sides of the human life.

John Lennon

Saeki’s exhibitions are popular and his audience is ever increasing. He is now in his seventies and still working, enjoys the interest of is ever increasing following and the impact his work has on young artists. Saeki designed the cover of one of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s albums (Sometime in New York City, 1972), and both Yoko Ono and their son Sean Lennon are fans and friends of him. So I suspect that this fact did not stand in the way of his fame!

Below you can find some striking Toshio Saeki art…

toshio saeki art with a girl walking in brown colored river while the crying head of her family float by and a burning house in the background

toshio saeki art

Madoromi‘ (2015)

older male performing a puppet-show in front a young girl with a naked lower body by toshio saeki

female laborer holding the head of her lover holding a snake to her private parts by toshio saeki

toshio saeki painting with girl holding a box with a severed head and giant tongue inside of it to her vagina

toshio saeki

a man examines the private parts of a tied mermaid with a twig by toshio saeki

a young bald-headed boy is cutting the tail of a mermaid

toshio saeki - invisible man with tied schoolgirl performing fellatio

toshio saeki - octopuses - ama diver - fellatio

toshio saeki painting with castration by a samurai - tied female

crows eating vulva of tied woman with ninja by toshio saeki

old male with sickle striking the buttocks a young tied female by toshio saeki

pink colored print depicting a girl hitting a nail to her hand and the head of a young kneeling man by toshio saeki

a headless female breastfeeding a toddler while chasing a young boy with her head biting his ear by toshio saeki

rooster picking the vulva of a tied girl hanging above a well

toshio saeki print of a soldier with bloody mouth hanging on a chin-up bar

print featuring a red faced male with moving hair grabbing a nude girl by Toshio Saeki

Akai Hako (The Red Box)‘ (1972)

http://narwhalcontemporary.com/artists/toshio-saeki/

Issen‘ (1972)

toshio saeki art

Injaki‘ (1972)

toshio saeki art

Onimijizou‘ (1972)

toshio saeki

toshio saeki art

painting by toshio saeki with a tied female and two bald headed males

Male sporting a giant tattoo on his back of a snake that starts a life of its own making love to girl by toshio saeki art

Jagaraminedoko‘ (1987)

bald-headed child smashing the head of a yellow snake molesting a nude girl with a butcher knife by toshio saeki

tattoo with a red demon hitting the buttocks of a schoolgirl with a saw

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James R. Holland

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James R. Holland

on 27 September 2019

Thanks for introducing me to Toshio Saeki's work. It was very fresh. I liked several of your examples especially the image of the very wise young women in the red dress who was turning the tables on the green monsters slithering toward her by cutting off the end of their tails. There were several other images that illustrated the seemingly innocent females were actually winning the sex battles. I also like the invisible man scene but for entirely different reasons.

Marijn

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Marijn

on 28 September 2019

You're welcome James. I am pleased you enjoy his art just as much as I do. I like your interpretations. Ambiguity is an indication of great art. The invisible man is also one of my favorites (big fan of the 1933 movie too!). At short notice I will include an article on another Asian artist whose art is influenced by Toshio Saeki. Thanks Marijn

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