The Lifelike Origami of Satoshi KamiyaJune 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | 1 Comment
Tags: animals, Japan, origami, paper
Hello again, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here. A few days ago, we decided to share a few fantastic resources concerning origami as an artform. And so we figured that there should be a bit of a companion piece to go along with it, a feature which highlights an artist who has taken his love of origami by devoting most all of his life to it. The result is a staggering talent by the name of Satoshi Kamiya.
Satoshi began his long journey with origami at the age of only 2 years old, and is still progressing at the age of 31. He is known for his otherworldly intricate origami models. He has created hundreds of models so far, but perhaps his most well-known model is of a dragon, and is named Ryujin 3.5. What is truly remarkable about this model is the attention to detail which went into its creation. If you take a moment to examine the images below, you’ll notice that there are individual scales, each of them painstakingly crafted. And the result is nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. The scales imbue the dragon with a true sense of flow, as they direct your eyes to follow its finely-crafted lines.
Every model Satoshi has created is simply breathtaking, whether it’s a dinosaur, unicorn, sabre-toothed cat, dragon, mastodon, pegasus. It is evident that he feels a preference for powerful and/or mystical creatures. Though he does also make creations of more familiar lifeforms, such as insects, fish, whales, elephants, lions, etc. Many of us remember making origami frogs which would “leap” when you pressed part of it with just the right amount of pressure, but with Satoshi’s rendition of a tree frog, it clearly puts all those efforts to shame; it looks as though it might spring to life at any second! Everything—right down to the disc-shaped pads on its fingers—is accurate and true to life. It looks as though a real live tree frog has been magically transformed into paper!
Satoshi Kamiya is clearly a master of his medium, and easily recognized as an artist by anyone able to witness his works of art. Whether small-scale or large-scale, his models resonate with life and beauty. While his official website is in Japanese (and therefore indecipherable to most), a quick image search will reveal hundreds of Satoshi’s creations, all ripe with fantastic form, color, and creativity. And what’s truly astounding is that most all are made with a single piece of paper. To most everyone, the idea of creating an ornate dragon with wings would require several sheets of paper for each element, but not for a master as skilled as Satoshi.
Thanks so much for stopping by! We’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed this feature and will take inspiration from the phenomenal artist that is Satoshi Kamiya. We’ll see you again soon!
The Imikimi Team
“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” — Auguste Rodin