Heisuke Kitazawa: Illustrator
I was completely blown away this morning when I started to research the portfolio of 32-year-old Heisuke Kitazawa, also known as PCP, his surreal vivid work has been picked up by large clients like Sony Music and Honda, along with Kenzo (he designed the packaging for L'Eau Par Kenzo Homme) and in '07 he designed the interior murals for San Francisco-based Hotel Tomo (large collection of photos here). One piece of his work that I must briefly highlight today is his CD cover art and website design for San Mateo, CA indie band Her Space Holiday. (They are also on My Space if you'd like to hear their music.) The design for his own website is completely imaginative and gorgeous but the works he has recently done on the Her Space Holiday band site is just super. Make sure you view his online portfolio because I think you will really like it!
Hotel Tomo in Japantown San Francisco, CA. A great space for J-pop style! I love seeing hotels commission work like this. And to think that this is a Best Western hotel really blows me away. I've already asked my husband is we can stay at this place since we're due for a visit to San Francisco next year. :)
Three original watercolors for the Tree show at Giant Robot from this past summer. Not bad for first time watercolor paintings, Heisuke!
He also designed the CD cover art for Japanese solo artist Kushibiki Sayaka (available here on Amazon Japan). I think combining photography with illustrative work has to be my favorite form of contemporary art at the moment.
A snippet of his work, "The end of ICO is beginning of another", inspired by one of his favorite PS2 game called ICO, currently on display at Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA.
If you'd like to view his work live, he is currently taking part in a really cool art show in San Francisco called Game Over, a show featuring artwork inspired by video games (love this theme, don't you?) now until October 29, 2008 @ Giant Robot located at 618 Shrader Street.
You can also purchase some of Heisuke Kitazawa's drawings, prints, books, and wallets in his store right here. Fantastic!
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