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Following is an excerpt from Takeshi Yamada’s new fine art book entitled “Takeshi Yamada’s Museum of World Wonders”. Based on the numerous personal interviews with Yamada, following manuscript was produced by Dr. Eriko N. Bond, noted art critic and book author in New York City. The images of artworks featured here were all provided by the artist, Takeshi Yamada, from his Artist’s Fine Art Library of the Yamada Art Center, strictly for the book publication. The obtained special permission from Takeshi Yamada to feature this segment of the above mentioned book in the website for our audience.


“Three Eyed God, Goddess, and Muses”

Show by Takeshi Yamada at Fox Building Gallery of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland during May and June, 1984.


“Three Eyed God, Goddess, and Muses” is Takeshi Yamada’s first show featuring oddities and curiosities for public viewing in the United States. It was less than half year since Yamada moved to the United States as a best and only student qualified to be the part of the international student exchange program of Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan in 1983. Yamada first studied at California College of Arts and Crafts, then flew across the continent to complete his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.


Two dozens of miniature oil paintings on silver spoons and ceramic plates simulating the Italian high Renaissance were created by Takeshi Yamada specifically for this show. (These artworks have nothing to do with his classes at the MICA.)


Here are photographs of some of the artworks by Yamada displayed at the prestigious educational institution. To create this series of artworks, this young virtuoso often asked his class mates at school to photograph them in weekend in variety of poses and costumes. Yamada also took basic photograph class to perfect his special techniques to manipulate the resource photographs in the darkroom to be used for his final oil paintings.



Three-eyed Muse, oil on button, 3 inch, 1983. The painting in the right is the first artwork Yamada created after arriving in the United States. The left is his second artwork. 


(left) three-eyed Goddess, oil on silver spoon, 1984  (center) three eyed skull, oil on silver spoon, 1984  (right) three-eyed God, oil on silver spoon, 1984.  In these artworks, the concept of Ying and Yang - oneness of life and death – were represented simultaneously. This concept led him to start creating a series of super realism street scene paintings with floating ghost in 1983. (See following chapter on this in great details.)


Three-eyed Muses, oil on extra deep worn out silver spoons 1984



NOTE: This author is compelled to add following information to deepen the understanding and appreciations of the audience of Takeshi Yamada. Yamada did not suddenly started creating portrait paintings of three-eyed people after arriving the United States. In reality, it was just the extension and evolutional; stages of what he had been doin in Japan then. As early as 1983 in Osaka, Japan, Yamada started creating a series of oil paintings on canvasses featuring three-eyed muses in the 16th century settings, often accompanied by three-eyed skulls. These artworks reflect his passion in studying alchemy. For example, the floating egg above people’s head is an egg of alchemy - perfect container of time, space and life – symbol of God and gold. All the people in his portrait paintings (including his self-portrait paintings) have six fingers instead of normal five fingers; twelve is a number of the universal truth and magic number in alchemy. Here are a few examples of oil paintings created by Yamada in Japan.



Three-Eyed Muse in Red, 24x29 inch, 1983, oil on canvas. Detail in the right.



Three-Eyed Muse in Blue, 21x29 inch, 1983, oil on canvas. Detail in the right.


Self-porttait, oil on canvas, 24x29 inch, 1983, oil on canvas. He usually wore his mother’s hand-made studio shirt as seen here when he painted in Japan. Varieties of cross cultural symbolism were rendered in this painting such as Greek crown, universal egg, third eye, six-fingered hand, crossing of fingers, a hand at his chest, feet next to his head, jewelry on his cloths, shoulder drape, usage of ivory black paint, etc. Also note the red bands painted at the both side of this artwork. The color and design were inspired by the ancient Buddhism paintings and traditional old American circus sideshow banners.     




(C) Eriko N. Bond, 2005, revised 2006

(C) Takeshi Yamada 2006


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