Lines and Colors art blog

Sagaki Keita
Japanese artist Sagaki Keita creates drawings in which the textures and tones are composed of smaller drawings, down to striking levels of detail and complexity.

The large images are of cityscapes, faces, famous paintings, prints or sculpture, even atomic explosions. The images within the images are of little faces, figures, animals, fish, and assorted bizarre monsters and creatures, legions of them, waves of them (sometimes literally).

The drawings are done in pen and ink on paper mounted on board, some in relatively large scale, others not as large as you might assume. The works section of his website includes the dimensions of the individual pieces.

Even with Google Translate, I could find little other information specifically about the artist and his work, but the gallery includes a number of images with close ups that offer a fascinating glimpse of the nature of the works.

The images I’ve shown above, each with a corresponding detail, are still somewhat small. You can find a nice zoom-in on his interpretation of the Mona Lisa on Darizine, and several images previewed on Colossal.

Some of the images on his site are larger than they appear in the page, like his wonderful interpretation of Katsushika Hokusai’s In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagwa (see my post on Katsushika Hokusai).

It’s worth clicking on some of them to open the images in another browser tab or window to see if they are larger than the size they are represented in the page.

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3 responses to “Sagaki Keita”

  1. Wonderful concept. I would think not easy to bring off, yet he makes it look effortless.

  2. Posted just hours before the terrible events in Japan.

    Sometimes art can be a little prophetic, the artist is the cultural anntenae and all that. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence? Chaos and order.

    Love this blog by the way…

  3. Sagaki,
    I hope your day is going well. I work at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and we own Hokusai’s piece that you reference. The title you have mentioned is incorrect. The title of the piece should be The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I look forward to seeing more of your work.