Upper Playground has organized a special print show together with Fifty24SF, showcasing works by renowned Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama.
Having won the highest achievement in air-brush artistry, the Vargas Award, Sorayama’s imaginative, erotic pieces often feature feminine robotic chrome figures in sexualized poses — a signature style that the artist has perfected over the last 40 years. His work can be found in permanent displays at MoMA, the Smithsonian Institue, and the US Library of Congress. Based in San Francisco, the exhibition will open on April 4 spanning until April 26, showcasing the new and old prints by one of the most influential pin-up artists of our time.
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British Knights releases its new “Art and The Future” pack done in collaboration with veteran Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama.
Featuring leather and suede uppers, the collaboration presented a chance for Sorayama to apply his signature metallic style to sneakers as a medium, something he had always wanted to do. The reflective silver finishes are nicely contrasted by rusty bronze accents, giving both the Control Mid and Control HI silhouettes a realistic element of weathering and a play on the otherwise full-metal palette. Matte grey pieces and flat shiny laces give added dimension while keeping with the robot-inspired look intact.
Adding to its ongoing Guest Artist Series, Stussy taps acclaimed Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama for a collaborative line of T-shirts featuring his racy robotic pinups. With yesterday marking its release and today the opening of Sorayama’s newest exhibit at the Harajuku Chapter Store, Stussy unveils a short retrospective film in which the 67-year-old artist talks about his childhood, the female form and affinity for metals.
The T-shirts are available now at both Stussy Chapter Stores and Stussy.com.
The Stussy Guest Artist Series recently curated the works of renowned Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama for an upcoming exhibition at its retail location in Harajuku. Best known for his futuristic style that combines a realistic metallic artform with robots and sensuality, his work has been featured on Aerosmith’s 2001 “Just Push Play” album cover as well as for Hollywood films including ”Brain Dead”(1992), “Timecop”(1994) and “Space Trucker”(1995).
The exhibition will remain on display on the 2nd floor of the Stussy Harajuku Chapter store from May 31 to June 15. To commemorate the exhibition, the artist will be releasing a set of four screen-printed T-shirts at the store on May 30.
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Erotic robot fetish? We can only be talking about one country, and that’s Japan. And specifically artist Hajime Sorayama, who has been fusing the female form with sci-fi tech since graduating from a Tokyo art school in 1969 and become known as a “godfather of airbrush painting.”
He has his first solo show in Hong Kong at AISHONANZUKA from September 7th through October 5th.
Soroyama’s heavily-imitated style and extensive body of work has been a huge influence throughout pop culture. His female androids have led to collaborations with Sony on their award-winning AIBO robotic pet design in the late ’90s (which was added to the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Modern Art), Aerosmith’s Just Push Play album art in 2001, and commissions by the likes of Pepsi and Lucky Strike cigarettes to produce classic buxom beauties.
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