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Painted Imaginary Camouflaged Leaf Insects

| Art , Kyoto

Animals and insects are no strangers to the work of Japanese painter Takumi Kama, who recreates them in acrylics with astonishing accuracy and realism. For a recent exhibition at BAMI gallery in Kyoto, Kama came up with two different, imaginary leaf insects that camouflage themselves in the city. One is the Hide-mushi, which gets half of its name from Hideo Noguchi—who appears on the ¥1,000 bill—and the other half, mushi, means insect. The Hide-mushi camouflages itself amongst Japanese currency and feeds on paper, which can affect its color.

Kama has painted these imaginary insects with such realism that it can be hard to tell if they’re two or three-dimensional. Be sure to visit Spoon & Tamago below for more pictures of Kama's camouflaged art!

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