Onikage: The Art of Toshio Saeki

    (Last Gasp, 2010)
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He has been called “the godfather of Japanese erotica.” Toshio Saeki’s previously unseen works are collected in a larger-than-usual format, revealing Saeki’s creative technique. While most images are shown here in full color, some are presented in their original black and white format, with overlays reproducing Saeki’s method for adding color to these pictures. Saeki typically does not apply color directly to his black and white artwork, but instead uses these overlays to enumerate the precise values of the colors he wants. He calls this method chinto printing; the picture is complete only after printing. It is a modern version of the ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints or paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries. By illuminating this technique, it better helps the reader to appreciate Saeki’s unique style and philosophy as an artist, and his immense talent.

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