Impressive wooden sculptures by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

Impressive wooden sculptures by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

27 January, 2017

Maybe the name of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki doesn’t ring a bell but he’s one of the most important Japanese artists of the moment. Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures mainly from camphor wood. This type of wood is very hard-wearing and comes from the camphor tree, an evergreen which grows to 98 feet in height and has a light,...

Maybe the name of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki doesn’t ring a bell but he’s one of the most important Japanese artists of the moment. Kanemaki carves life-size sculptures mainly from camphor wood.

This type of wood is very hard-wearing and comes from the camphor tree, an evergreen which grows to 98 feet in height and has a light, vertically fissured bark. This tree is native to China, Japan and Taiwan. It is distinguished by its pungent smell, its reddish brown streaks and its irregular grain and is traditionally used to make coffers for clothes, chests, closets and coffins.

Kanemaki, however, uses it to make surrealist human figures. These figures always seem to walk a fine line between sanity and madness.

A fundamental theme of his work is death, but death seem from an orientalist prism: accepting death as part of life, full of rarities and imperfections, just like the wood from which he carves.

The work process of each of the pieces is spectacular. Kanemaki shows us the origin of the piece, its process of creation and how the wood distorts to become something else. In this sense, he is a “very contemporary” artist and uses his social networks to narrate each creative process as if it were his own child.

https://www.facebook.com/kanemaki.yoshitoshi/

Thanks to the reference lines he draws on the trunk, you can see a strange teenager, a naked youth or a woman with multiple faces, as he makes his way through the wood with saws and chisels in bas relief.

Kanemaki does not leave anyone indifferent. He will be exhibiting in the “Park Hotel” Tokyo Art Fair in February 2017. You can find out much more by clicking on this link.

esculturas

 

NEWS FROM US

What is the best flooring for offices?

20 May, 2022

Basic guide to the best floors for offices. ➔ Learn what criteria to follow to make the right choice

Dark or light floors: how to choose the right option

25 April, 2022

Choosing dark or light flooring will depend on different factors, such as the type of housing, the space, and decorative style.

5 basic tips to design the kitchen of your dreams

14 April, 2022

Do not miss the main aesthetic and functional aspects when designing a kitchen: island design, colors, lighting, space optimization and more