Akihiro Higuchi’s Insect Gallery

The artist at work in his studio

Nature serves as a canvas to Japanese artist Akihiro Higuchi (b. 1969). He beautifies moths with the stroke of his fine brush, turning otherwise unremarkable insects into exotic looking butterflies. He paints the shells of stag beetles with coats of arms and emblems with Japanese lacquer, gold, and silver dust to resemble the armor of old Samurai clans. Higuchi skillfully transforms these tiny delicate creatures into mini-masterpieces.

Follow his work at Mikiko Sato Gallery

Moths:

Beetles:

Insects:

Smithsonian Handbook Of Interesting Insects:

Blanca Huertas , Blanca Huertas ; Gavin Broad, Gavin Broad

Published by Smithsonian Books (2020)

ISBN 10: 1588346862 ISBN 13: 9781588346865

Samurai: Arms, Armor, Costume

Kure, Mitsuo

Published by Chartwell Books (2007)

ISBN 10: 0785822089 ISBN 13: 9780785822080

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