Protest art comes in many stylistic flavors, and the artists who create works with a political edge employ many different methods of creation to get their message across.
In Japan during the 1950s that message was generally “Go Home, G.I. Joe”, because the fact that there were U.S. military bases on Japan bothered and offended the Japanese people immensely, and with good reason.
But, in true Japanese style, they didn’t express their derision with violence or massive demonstrations but rather with the written word and visual art.
One artist emerged from the 50s protest art scene as a true master of the visual arts, creating a surrealist-protest hybrid style all his own.
His name is Hiroshi Nakamura, and his unique style of protest art elevated his works to a level far beyond the politically charged norm.
For even though not everyone will understand Hiroshi's message today we can all appreciate the amazing surreal creativity found in each piece, and the masterful skill he used to create each mind blowing work.