Whether it’s melding the face of a framed, famous painting onto the body of a present-day person or popping famous celebrities into the scene of an iconic artwork, he infuses the old with the new and the new with the old, creating a quirky and relatable style all his own.
By incorporating celebrities, such as Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction, into his work, Shusaku is in a sense creating the ultimate pop art; famous faces of the past meet famous faces of today. In the artist’s world, Van Gogh wears a Supreme-logo hoodie and Angelina Jolie becomes the Virgin Mary. Nothing is off limits and no element of our present-day culture is safe from his critique.
This even goes a step further if you incorporate the fact that the artist uses Instagram, a pillar of millennial culture, as his gallery of choice.
It seems clear that not only is Shusaku creating inventive artwork, but also commenting on society as a whole, touching on topics such as materialism, consumerism, sex, drugs and even our obsession with brands and fashion. How often is a piece of art this lighthearted and deep at the same time?