I Just recently discovered the works of Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida. He died very young after being hit by a train, from a possible suicide but nobody is really sure. Tetsuya painted scenes of ordinary life in Japan. He would alter figures to look like machinery or treated as part of a production line. He gave his painted people the sense of being overworked like cattle or like robots.
It appears his work will get more awareness then when he lived. On November 26th 2006 – one of his paintings, Untitled" 2001, sold at a Christies Hong Kong "Asian Contemporary Art" auction for 780,000HKD (over USD $100,000). The Christie's pre-auction estimate on the sale price of the painting was only 60,000-80,000HKD.