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Toshio Saeki

The Death Book by Toshio Saeki

The Death Book by Toshio Saeki

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The fourth edition of The Death Book features Japanese artist Toshio Saeki's (1945-2019) collection of rare illustrations depicting violence, brutality, horror, and the hidden depths of Japanese culture. By blending traditional Shunga and Yōkai styles with Western art, Saeki's art is renowned for its eroticism, death and gore, challenging Japanese values and outlook. Historians attribute Saeki's work to 'Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense' (ero, guro, nansensu), a popular Japanese cultural concept.

Born in 1945 in the Miyazaki prefecture, Japan, Toshio Saeki's drawings are created by using an original method called “chinto printing”. This technique emphasizes the flatness composed of lines and "coloured surfaces," and gives the work a unique character. In recent years before his passing, Saeki had exhibits in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Japan, & Taipei, all of them being received with much critical acclaim.  ​

Saeki spent his later years in the mountains of Chiba prefecture, drawing, reading, enjoying ikebana of wildflowers; treasuring and loving the activities of everyday life with his wife.

The fourth edition of The Death Book features Japanese artist Toshio Saeki's (1945-2019) collection of rare illustrations depicting violence, brutality, horror, and the hidden depths of Japanese culture. By blending traditional Shunga and Yōkai styles with Western art, Saeki's art is renowned for its eroticism, death and gore, challenging Japanese values and outlook. Historians attribute Saeki's work to 'Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense' (ero, guro, nansensu), a popular Japanese cultural concept.

Born in 1945 in the Miyazaki prefecture, Japan, Toshio Saeki's drawings are created by using an original method called “chinto printing”. This technique emphasizes the flatness composed of lines and "coloured surfaces," and gives the work a unique character. In recent years before his passing, Saeki had exhibits in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Japan, & Taipei, all of them being received with much critical acclaim.  ​

Saeki spent his later years in the mountains of Chiba prefecture, drawing, reading, enjoying ikebana of wildflowers; treasuring and loving the activities of everyday life with his wife.