Fumio Watanabe

you know, i swear a LOT in real life. i first spotted Fumio Watanabe‘s work on Kistina’s tumblr, and when i clicked through to his portfolio i actually said, out loud, “fucking hell.” i try to keep things clean on the blog because i know a lot of people don’t appreciate swearing (apologies for all the trash talk) – but i have to be honest with you, his work is so fucking mind blowing i consequently swore more than usual. but in a good way… a great way!

and it’s not digital guys – these are painted! either acrylic or gouache, i’m not sure (lots of japanese to google translate)


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  • Reply Belinda Friday 25 February, 2011 at 10:16 am

    That’s a well-deserved f-bomb. Those paintings are fabulous.

    On a side note, I am glad to see that I am not the only one around here with a gutter mouth. I have a terrible swearing habit – it’s a hard one to break isn’t it!

  • Reply eabrea Friday 25 February, 2011 at 10:28 am

    absolutely wonderful! i love how the shadows are depicted, marvelous!

  • Reply petra Friday 25 February, 2011 at 11:19 am

    they are great, but also a bit freaky for me… that’s looks exactly like where I grew up…. just with a sick twist (which would be exactly what it deserves!)

  • Reply mette / ungt blod Friday 25 February, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Fantastic! thanks for the tip

  • Reply Sarah Friday 25 February, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I love them! They make me think of sleeping beauty for some reason.

  • Reply Cliodhna Friday 25 February, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    holy shiiiiiiiit. i just did a painting module in college and it is SO hard. I am in awe. forever.

  • Reply Amy Friday 25 February, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Wow! The strong language is totally deserved.
    These paintings remind me a lot of Grant Wood’s landscapes, except fresh and updated. A perfect mix of both modern and pastoral. Love them!

  • Reply Dennis Friday 25 February, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    happy birthday blog!

  • Reply Katie Friday 25 February, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Yes, these are fantastic enough to warrant online swearing!

  • Reply Janet Friday 25 February, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Holy cripes on a sh#t shingle!! These pieces are just incredibly fantastic and I had the exact same reaction as you did.

  • Reply Emily Saturday 26 February, 2011 at 4:13 am

    O. M. G. They almost made me sort of squint… like my eyes thought they were little windows into bright little worlds! Pretty incredible.

  • Reply Adriana Saturday 26 February, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    All the swearing justified! These are just incredible! And they kind of remind me of this
    dress I’m drooling about!

  • Reply Eva @ Four Leaf Clover Monday 28 February, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    These are amazing! I’m SO glad you posted them. So much detail.. I can’t imagine how much time each one takes.

  • Reply Tabitha/Ms. Awesome Tuesday 1 March, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Oh wow! These are so amazing, and awesome, and happy, AND, AND, AND.
    They’re just fabulous.
    Definitely worth swearing over.

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