Tomoaki Suzuki uses traditional methods of Japanese wood carving to create small life-like figures of urban individuals.

Tomoaki Suzuki's urban icons
London - OCT 22, 2013

The Japanese sculptor Tomoaki Suzuki analyses the cultural diversity of society through his urban figures hand-crafted with traditional Japanese wood carving methods. Each urban individual is extremely life-like, standing one third human scale and sporting iconic street styles. 

Suzuki is inspired by street fashion and its reflection of consumerism, fashion and youth culture. Moreover, he is fascinated by the individual manifestation of urban street style that results in iconic looks that present an infinite number of variants. Each figure is sculpted after a real person, wearing their own clothes and posing naturally. His main goal is to capture the style of the moment, reflecting the trends in western consumerism, in a highly detailed manner following a slow and laborious work method that begins with photographic the life models in 360º. 

Tomoaki Suzuki's urban icons

©Tomoaki Suzuki

Tomoaki Suzuki's urban icons

©Tomoaki Suzuki

Tomoaki Suzuki's urban icons

©Tomoaki Suzuki

Tomoaki Suzuki's urban icons

©Tomoaki Suzuki

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