Japanese artist Toru Kamei creates richly detailed dreamlike paintings with a dark focus on mortality. Kamei envisions a world of lush foliage mixed with surreal eyes and somber skulls. The artist is inspired by inspired by Vanitas, a style of painting popular among the Dutch Realists of the 17th century. Vanitas still life painting is based on the theme of death's inevitability, Kamei carries on this tradition with added surrealist elements. Traditional in painting approach Kamei uses dark backgrounds to set his morbid arrangements on. In keeping with Vanitas: "All that is human is smoke, shadow, vanity and the picture of a stage."