Saeki Toshio

Saeki Toshio
In a wacky mixture of classical Japanese woodblock style and contemporary Hello Kitty kitsch, illustrator Toshio Saeki (1945-present) challenges just about every taboo you can think of, and a few you probably never even considered. Some might call Saeki's potpourri of extreme sexuality warped, but this skilled and inventive artist has the kind of following in Japan that comic-book genius R. Crumb inspired in the US during the seventies. In the introduction to his book, Chimushi II, Timothy Leary writes, "We salute the style and grace with which you tease our secret sensualities. And teach us how our dark, twisted images and fearful fantasies are created by our own minds."