The hyperreal art of Masafumi Kamei

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We hadn’t come across the work of artist Masafumi Kamei before this mention by Hiroshi Fujiwara on his honeyee blog yesterday.

Kamei’s hyperreal depictions of objects (including the distressed Anarchy shirt acquired by Fujiwara for his collection from Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook 20 years ago; see below) was the focus for the artist’s only exhibition so far, held at the end of last year.

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Thanks to Hiroshi for supplying these photographs of Kamei’s arresting work.

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Tony Barnes said,

August 24, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

I have been reading your blog for about a year and as an ex collector of Westwood clothes I find it fascinating. Imagine my suprise, when in less than a week you show a picture of four herbert’s outside Boy in the Kings road. Four boys from Harlow Essex that I went to school with and can name. I have put the image onto Facebook and one of them has gone nuts cos he’s never seen it. Then I look at your latest update and see my blue two tone parachute shirt committed to canvas. I sold the shirt in 1993 to a Japanese fellow introduced to me as Hiroshi by a male called “Barnsley” of whom I am sure you are aware. The rest of my collection was sold to Nelly Hooper. If you could ask Mr Fujiwara perhaps he could confirm. I believe he also bought my Mohair jumper and long sleeved tits muslin. Keep up the good work. TB

rockpopfashion said,

August 24, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

Hi Tony
Thanks for your kind words and glad to be of service. Will check with HF. Have heard of “Barnsley”.
That is quite a famous pic of Janette’s; think there are others. I can ask her if you like on behalf of your pal. Which one is he?
Best

Tony Barnes said,

August 25, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

From left to right the boys are Thomas Munday, Terry Brandon, Tony Reilly and Lawrence Bonello. Tony Reilly is the lad who has asked me about it. The picture reminds me of my own forages up the Kings road a few years earlier. God I’m getting dewy eyed.

Tony Barnes said,

August 25, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

If you do ask HF about the shirt ask him if all the strapping is detached. Because when I had the shirt all the anchoring had been removed.

H said,

August 28, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

hi tony
i know Barnsley.
and i bought a Mohair jumper ,,,
may be that you,,

but i bought this blue shirt from toshi(plastics) in 1982 (japan).

i still have the Mohair jumper you sold to me,, and i love it.
thank you

hiroshi

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