Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content.
Zawa-zawa is a stunning new art book by renowned Australian artist Ashley Wood, and his first art book published in Japan (PIE Books). The volume features a huge collection of the artist’s best works, almost 400 pieces spread across 240 pages and gives a great comprehensive overview of Ashley Wood’s prolific portfolio.
The artist’s foreword for the book is reproduced verbatim below :
“I have for many years enjoyed and been inspired by many Japanese artists, their history and work have defined and instructed the path of many artists outside of their home country, from the early influence of the wooden prints to modern manga and anime. I’m no different, the visual culture of Japan has played a role in my artistic ideal from my first experience with manga such as Mighty Atom by Ozamu Tezuka to photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, inspiring and demanding to push and look deeper !
With this book, I feel a milestone has been reached, it’s hard to explain, but it’s special and it makes me feel closer to something I dearly love, the visual language of Japanese comics and art.”
(above right) Having only owned one of Ashley Wood’s art book ( World War Robot ), the artist’s endeavors into erotic art is very new to me, and quite an eye opener. Here he pays tribute to Hokusai’s famous shunga Dream Of The Fisherman’s wife.
There were so many beautiful pieces in this book I had a hard time deciding which ones to showcase in this post. On a technical note the print size of the book isn’t as big as I wish, but that can be said of many other books. Highly recommended.
“Zawa-zawa : Ashley Wood” art book details :
Dimensions – 18.2 x 1.8 x 20 cm
Soft cover, 224 pages
Color, in English/Japanese ( book is 99% art work )
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