On Shohei Otomo's website, tucked away behind the visceral and often brutal artwork that he creates, is a self-filmed video of him drawing. The only objects that are in shot are Shohei's hands, two sheets of paper and a ballpoint pen. From this set-up, he creates some of the most detailed and startling imagery currently coming out of Japan. The video is sped up to double time. Even so, Shohei's attention to detail and painstaking ballpoint work seems to take an age. He works slowly, but the results, revealed line by line, are mesmerising.

Shohei, who works under the capitalised moniker SHOHEI, was born in Tokyo in 1980, and graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in art, specialising in oil painting. With the oils and canvas discarded, he now creates using ballpoint pens, paper and a fusion of traditional Japanese iconography and twisted, often shocking subjects. Shohei's artworks often merge conventional character manga with stark sexuality, violence and vulgarity. Yet there's a deep-rooted humour to his work: geishas wear Bono-esque sunglasses; cherubs hover above a maiden carrying hypodermic syringes; a traditional Samurai coils in fighting position, wielding not a sword, but a heavily painted baseball bat; in another of his pieces, the tip of a severed finger floats in white space contrasted by bright red flashes with the starkness and impact of a twisted Warhol print.

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