Masao Kinoshita’s exaggerated anatomy sculptures
Masao Kinoshita’s sculptures, drawings and paintings show what he imagines exists under the skin of mythical beings. In his work, features from folklore, mythology and religion are added to physical features of the human. It’s probably not much of a surprise that this Japanese sculptor draws a lot of his inspiration from these three themes, “fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme” (- Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein, BEAUTIFUL/DECAY).
His sculptures give you a familiar, realistic feel, but at the same moment they are abnormal, alien-like. Masao Kinoshita goes beyond plain human or animal subjects, creating multiple-limbed creatures put in multiple positions. In some of his work he keeps the skin intact, some show only the muscles and other sculptures only consist of the skeleton.
The muscle sculpture series is one of Masao Kinoshita’s most prominent series; exposing what lies beneath the creature’s skin.
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