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    Mu Pan: The Loyal Retainers 4

Frog wars, lizard queens and some rather unpleasant dogs from the brilliant Mu Pan

Posted by James Cartwright,

Somewhere between Kuniyoshi, the last great master of ukiyo-e printmaking and the godfather of brutal surrealism in Japanese art, and Toshio Saeki, the foremost practitioner of bizarre, beautiful ukiyo-e inspired erotica sits Mu Pan, a Brooklyn-based artist channelling all the darkest, most surreal elements of his genius predecessors into large, complex watercolours and oil paintings. Mu’s work is not for the faint of heart; it’s riddled with explorations of the darker sides of humanity and serves as a fantasy satirisation of contemporary life.

Granted, Mu may not be to everyone’s tastes – who can blame you for not wanting pictures of large-breasted lizards under siege by lilliputian armies hanging on your living room wall – but for those of us with a predilection for the weird, this guy offers the very finest blend of prodigious artistic talent and twisted imagination. You want a series of paintings featuring drooling hounds with tiger-shaped members? You got it!

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    Mu Pan: Loving You For 10000 Years

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    Mu Pan: Ghost Island

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    Mu Pan: Kappas Along the River

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    Mu Pan: The Loyal Retainers 3

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    Mu Pan: Frog War Part 1

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    Mu Pan: Dogs of Morality

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    Mu Pan: Dogs of Morality

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    Mu Pan: Dogs of Morality

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.