Born in Tokyo in 1977, Kei Naito grew up living above the Naito Engineering workshop run by his Grandfather and later his Father. As a young boy his attention was fully consumed by details of rare cars hoisted below his bedroom and the revered craftsmanship used to restore and refine them.
This obsessive fascination with colour, shape and detail manifests today in his work as an artist. Applying brush to canvas, creating a visceral connection to the machines of speed, function and beauty that he works on daily as mechanic and President of Naito Auto Engineering - one of Japan's best kept automotive secrets.
In Naito’s paintings, facets of prosaic objects are amplified and distorted, reimagined in macro and rendered beyond recognition. Elements are multiplied and fragmented into mosaics of resplendent colour, the duality of his imagination and his environment cross pollinating and in full blossom.
Kei's visual explorations of colour and form are magnificently showcased in this special limited collaboration collection between Kei Naito & Deus Ex Machina available now.
Director - Ben Bertucci
Camera & Edit - Ben Bertucci
Creative Director - Carby Tuckwell
Art Director - Stevie James