December - Tokyo Jesus
T.J. Sayu was born in a local green city, Takahashi in Okayama, Japan. He moved to Road Island in USA with his family when he was 3 years old and returned to Japan when he was 7. The experience has made an impact on his entire life and his art activities.
In his teens, he was absorbed in surrealist painters of Mark Ryden, Salvador Dali, H.R.Giger and many manga and/or anime artists such as Katsuhiro Otomo, Go Nagai , Mamoru Oshii and Hayao Miyazaki.
In his twenties, he knew about works of artists Hans Bellmer, Kamehachi Yasumoto, Ryo Yoshida, Takayuki Takeya, Yasushi Nirasawa, Katusya Terada and Kow Yokoyama. It made him start making sculptures. In his late twenties he was obsessed in the movement of Pop-surrealism and Lowbrow arts of many artists such as Coop, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Rockin' Jelly Bean, Gary Baseman, Liz Mcgrath, Cammile Rose Garcia、Kris Kuksi, Chet Zar, Luke Chueh and many more.
He worked for KIDS which is a prototype-sculpture & mold company of Bandai of sofubi Div. for 5 years. After he left the company he started making jewelry and sculpture as an artist named Tokyo Jesus from 2009. He started his artist activity in overseas from 2012. Around 2014, he started to produce drawings, paintings and art toys as his art works. And now there are many collectors of his 2D and/or 3D works.
His arts are influenced by a great number of categories such as Nature, Philosophy, Ethnology, Theology, Science, Art, Ukiyoe, Music, Toys, Manga, Anime, Japanese pop and traditional cultures. His arts are also influenced by the artist of other categories listed above and his own life.
Most of his themes included antithetical concepts like Science and Nature, “Sane and Insane”, “Hope and Fear”, “Life and Death”. Skulls and females as motifs are often used in his works to portray the themes. His sculpture style is mixed-media, using wax, magic sculpt, Zbrush, resin and more. His painting is super-flat style using acrylic or oil painting.
His first mass-production toy for “Dunny Series- Arcane Divination” curated by J*RYU is going to release this year by Kid Robot. He aspires to make more mass-production toys.
Tokyo Jesus is a name of the world which exists in his mind. Tokyo Jesus is also a character of an artificial-life in the world, and Tokyo Jesus is used as his artist name, too.
He lives in Japan with his wife who is an artist of cute art and art-toy Eimi Takano.