Book Review: Zawa-Zawa: The Treasured Art Works of Ashley Wood

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I'm surprised that this book was published by Japanese publisher Pie Books and even has a Japanese title. This is a 224-page paperback book, about 7 by 8.5 inches. Some pages are low-gloss while the rest are matte. Paper quality is fantastic as you would expect from a Japanese printer.

Zawa Zawa is a collection of new artworks from Ashley Wood. Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether or not the content is new because, well, you know Ashley Wood, he likes to draw long legged ladies on high heels, robots and soldiers who like to wear gas masks. Occasionally, there are swords and guns, but not a lot of helicopters this time. There are some nudity involved, but nothing too explicit, except perhaps the one with the octopus doing what you think its doing.

The book definitely feels familiar because of Ashley Wood's distinct raw, textural, loose and rough style. The book's split between his oil paintings and sketches. He's really a prolific artist. The amount of artwork he produces is astonishing, and that's on top of his other projects.

If you like Ashley Wood art, then this book is an easy choice.

Check out other Ashley Wood's artbooks on the blog at http://www.parkablogs.com/category/tags/ashley-wood

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This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook.

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