Vista of my mind, 2014
watercolor, pencil & acrylic
paper mounted on board
150 x 52cm
After several studies and 2 months of work, this piece is finally finished and has found it’s new home back in Australia. Working with natural motifs, I discovered more about what can be done with this method of painting. I’ve always been pretty meticulous with the drafting work at the beginning – measuring all the angles and keeping everything in check, like a perspective drawing, but this time I could sketch things out more loosely and try new things with colour -relying more on the light and contrast to make the figures.
It’s been quite a while since there was any significant news to report, but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy.
Lots of days indoors recently – working on large wood mounted paper pieces in acrylic. This piece was the first, and it’s setting the level for a small series I’m doing on “spiritual kitsch”. Over the turn of the year I’ll have a few pieces on display in Niseko, Hokkaido. More details on time and place very soon.
Above is a teaser from the new series. “A change in fate / 運命の分かれ道 ” 52 x 73 cm, acrylic & ink on mounted paper.
Signed & Numbered… (update)
Coming shortly, 3 pieces (in strictly limited editions of 10) will be on sale through Signed & Numbered, a store for unique and affordable fine art prints in Melbourne, Australia. Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner, 100% cotton textured paper, these Giclée are individually signed &…numbered. So if you’re in Melbourne, be sure to pop into the store and find out when you can get your hands on one. Cheers!
Available from today, each Giclée print comes with a certificate of authenticity and framing options, starting at $70au. Check Signed & Numbered’s online store for more details.
本日より、オーストラリア メルボルンのアートストアーにて作品販売が始まりました。３作品限定各１０枚・シリアルナンバー・直筆サイン・証明書付き。ジークレープリント・テクスチャードファインアート紙（ウィリアムターナー系コットン１００％）AU$70.00 (日本円価格5,600〜）オンラインストアーは、こちら Signed & Numbered.
In between everything else, I’ve managed to get some commissioned work done too. Here is “Twin Guard-dog Guardians of the Universe”. Welcome.
I got the scanned data back from the print shop today and they did a fantastic job capturing all the fine details. The image was enormous, so my trusty old computer choked on it for a while, but I’ve managed to sample a few details for closer inspection. Technical issues aside, the piece is done, and over the last few months I’ve learned a great deal about drawing craft, the limits of my technique and also had (a lot of) time to consider why I’m doing such labour intensive work. Hope you enjoy.
It’s finished! This is the biggest piece I’ve drawn up until this point and probably the most dizzying in terms of detail – if I counted how many buildings and structures and objects that made up the figures it would be close to a thousand at least. It’s literally been sucking my life away for about 3 months, but after 2 weeks of late nights I think it’s more or less done.
In the coming weeks I’ll be heading back to Australia to negotiate some framing and display options with a gallery hopefully. It would much better to see it in person. So I’ll update when I know.
Makoto Aida, a Japanese conceptual artist I like said of one of his enormous, white canvas pieces “It’s just like watering a desert” as he built up mountains of businessmen, office telephones and computers to create giant mountains of ash. He’s still working on that one I think. I’m taking a break.
In prep for the large work I just completed, I made 3 miniature versions on wood backed paper. Here is the series – each a slightly different size (around 20cm x 20cm), but they line up like this for presentation. I was inspired by those decorative screen doors that separate rooms; traditionally adorned with scenes of nature and such. They are often used in contemporary Japanese art too, so I made my own portable, miniature version to cordon off parts of my desk. They haven’t got titles, but they all have some absurdity about them – like choreographed back dancing on the TV. All silly gesturing and posing. That’s too long for a title, but that was part of the idea.
Black Art Projects in Melbourne currently has some of my work on display in “Tenancy 3” until the 29th of April. For information about Black Arts Projects or the show, visit their website or online catalog.
The Middle (watercolour and pencil on paper, 190mm x 230mm)
Usually I stick with my pencils and work straight onto to paper, but this time I put down a wash of blue and grey to add a bit of depth. I was pretty happy with how it came out so I thought I might share. It reminded me a bit of the azure wash you often see in those old Japanese ukiyo-e (by Hiroshige), only a bit more washed out.
p.s. If you are interested in buying this one, drop me a line via the email address at the bottom of my contact page.