Easily one of the most confronting, aesthetically brilliant, potent works of the imagination I've ever seen, it contrasts idyllic images of youth with Bosch-like visions of horror, torture, and euphoria.
Pieces like this demonstrate the raw power of uncompromised expression.
The theme was explored rigorously in his disturbing Bradherley's Coach, a heartbreaking manga in which the hopes and dreams of orphans are destroyed by an aristocratic patron.
The modern artists I'd most closely associate Samura with in terms of their aesthetic are de Mullotto (see separate blog) and Frenchman Antoine Bernhart (see separate blog also), two creators of extraordinary visions of sexual psychosis.
Samura also shares company with Toshio Saeki, Suehiro Maruo, Hideshi Hino, and Robert Bishop.
A stunning piece from Antoine Bernhard
The work and courage of these brilliant artists celebrates the complexity and preciousness of life by illuminating its fragility.
de Sade's work continues.