Metal Gear artist honored in Tokyo exhibit

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

[Source: Andriasang | Artwork via The Jaded Network]


  • Fusionmix - December 24, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Shinkawa's art style is one of my favourite. I have to respect an artist whose art you can take one look at and attribute to him.
  • sternparez - December 24, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    love yoji's artwork and the overall mood of MGS 1&2 is unmatched
  • ChuckB - December 24, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    You deserved it, Yoji. ^_^
  • Felixthecat - December 23, 2010 10 p.m.

    He's a brilliant artist, and I'm happy he's getting more recognition. I just wish that they did this kind of stuff with more artists who draw concept art for games. I wish the same thing for video game composers.
  • DevilDoor - December 23, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    The man really deserved it. Its really a shame that so many of the artists that work on games don't get the recognition they deserve.
  • xlonenobodyx - December 23, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    I second that before comment!
  • EvidentDead - December 23, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    Some of the coolest and unique game-related artwork I have ever seen. The one that was done around MGS2's Ocelot is one of my favorite pictures, period.

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