Born in Japan but now living and working from Bangkok, Thailand - Ito is a remarkable artist with an extensive portfolio.
The subject of this particular piece is German philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche and he makes an excellent subject. I mean, look at this guy. He has sort of an Einstein-esque look about him for sure.
What I enjoy about Ito’s style is that it isn’t based in realism but rather in a sort of cartoony look. If you look at his watercolor portfolio you will see real world scenes that look more like detailed watercolored versions of The Simpsons than the real thing. Which I think is great.
“The department store established itself in the American way of life by 1910, and these larger businesses had more money to invest in expensive mannequins which would ideally help them move the quantities of merchandise they needed to… Sometimes with glass eyes, realistic teeth and human hair, attempts to make early mannequins more lifelike ultimately resulted in creepiness. Iron feet stabilized their teetering skeletons but contributed to unwieldy heft — they could weigh up to 300 pounds.”
Artist Won Park makes origami figures with paper currency. He made this koi fish with a one dollar bill, with no cuts, glue, or tape. The way that he arranged for a curl to serve as an eye is particularly impressive.