Book Review: Overkill: The Art of Tomer Hanuka

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Tomer Hanuka was born in Israel, studied art and lives in USA.

It's hard to miss the bright pink clothed cover on any bookshelf. The book is a large format 104-page hardcover. Overkill collects mainly his commercial works with a handful of personal pieces. He has done work for Playboy magazine so there are some sex themed illustrations included.

His illustrations are highly imaginative, at times psychedelic. Most revolve around dark subject matter. The first illustration in the book shows an old baby something being born out of someone's mouth.

Many of his work feature strong juxtaposition, either through imagery or the use of colours. His colour palette is quite arresting, particularly for pieces that use strong complementary colours. He doesn't use much gradient for his colours so they look very manga style. I had actually thought he was a Japanese artist because of his colouring. And his composition is masterful.

There's also a limited edition of the book with a slipcase and an A4 print of a girl with a giant lizard. You can get that at upperplayground.com.

This is a great art book. You can check out more work on his website.

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This is a massive tome. I

This is a massive tome.

I was (pleasantly) surprised by the size and quality of the print when I first saw it displayed at a bookstore in my city. But given the quality of Tomer's pieces, the compilation deserves/needs to be big.

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