In the 18th century, Japanese artist Toryama Sekien attempted to depict each spirit of the Yokai tradition - an ancient race of demons whose descendents would later terrorise the earth under the guises of Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan. Now, two men aim to rediscover the near-forgotten Yokai and return these ancient beasts to their former glory. 14 spirits and demons are lovingly rendered by Ben Newman in his inimitable bold and colourfil illustration style, incorporating worldwide themes from European deco to Japanese film posterse and 1950s American cartoons.
Ben Newman has developed a distinct style over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as 'bauhaus fuzzy felt.' He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and Volkswagon. As well as working as a freelance illustrator and art director, Newman also lectures on illustration/graphic arts at various universities and conferences in the UK and Europe.
Ben lives in London and likes both cats and dogs equally.