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Man as the machine

Tetsuya Ishida was a remarkable and prolific Japanese painter who depicted scenes of ordinary Japanese life, but with the protagonist (a self portrait) always trapped in a machine-like body, or treated as part of a production line. He was born in June 1973 and died in 2005 after being hit by a train. Some think his death may have been a suicide. Here are a few of the images that represent his legacy. (Pics)

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Tetsuya Ishida (石田徹也 Ishida Tetsuya?, born in June 1973, Shizuoka) was a Japanese painter who died in 2005 after being hit by a train. (Possibly Suicide)
Tetsuya Ishida painted scenes of ordinary Japanese life, but with the protagonist (a self portrait) always trapped in a machine-like body, or treated as part of a production line.
On November 26, 2006, one of Ishida’s paintings, “Untitled” 2001, sold at a Christie’s Hong Kong “Asian Contemporary Art” auction for 780,000HKD (over USD$100,000). The Christie’s pre-auction estimate on the sale price of the painting was only 60,000-80,000HKD.

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On November 26, 2006, one of Ishida’s paintings, “Untitled” 2001, sold at a Christie’s Hong Kong “Asian Contemporary Art” auction for over USD$100,000.

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