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You may not know Yoji Shinkawa by name, but if you've spent any time in Solid Snake's world, you've more than likely seen his work. An artist by trade, Yoji has gained quite a rep in gaming circles for his stylized designs and art direction for Konami's Metal Gear Solid and Zone of Enders series. Next year, Konami will be paying its respects to Shinkawa and his works during the “The Art of Yoji Shinkawa” exhibit in Tokyo.
Opening January 15th to 31st at the Konami Style Shop in Tokyo Midtown, the exhibit will feature a number of Shinkawa's 3D sculptures and 2D prints inspired largely by the Metal Gear series. Shinkawa is also said to be appearing on the exhibit's opening day, and the first 1,200 visitors will receive a free card-sized calendar. Being that the event is taking place within its store, Konami will also be selling brand new Metal Gear Solid swag.
Shinkawa's work has already appeared in multiple “The Art of Metal Gear Solid” books, and it's fairly simple to track down his work on the internet. Still, if you're a distinguished gaming aficionado with an eye for fine arts and a habit of using words like 'distinguished' and 'aficionado', this may be one rare gaming event that's worth the airfare.
Details for “The Art of Yoji Shinkawa” will follow on Konami Style Official Site
Dec 23, 2010