by Red Cell
Pink Tentacle turned me on to the sad and terrifying art of the late Japanese painter, Tetsuya Ishida. His work is mainly self portrait, but usually features a strange meshing of human and machine or some kind of extension of his human form into disfigurement. The figures portray a sadness or unhappiness in their settings, but they also seem to accept these horrors quietly. He died May 23, 2005, at the age of 31, after being struck by a train in a possible suicide. Ishida only left behind about 180 works created during his 10 year art career, all of which are now highly sought after by art collectors worldwide. His work sold at Christie’s Hong Kong in 2006 for over $100,000 at auction even though it was valued at 10% of that.