Toshio Saeki № 30
"If you look at Saeki's art outside of its cultural sphere, you may be troubled by its violence. But once you go inside that cultural sphere, you know that this violence is well-understood, that 'it's only lines on paper,' to quote cartoonist Robert Crumb. This extreme imagery of Japanese artists, and their characteristic need to go as far as possible, can be traced several centuries back to the so-called bloody ukiyo-e of the 19th century. A number of examples from that era are very violent -- with characters being tied up and swords put to them. That's part of this strain of art," asserts Gilbert.