Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Art Attack - Tenmyouya Hisashi

Here's something neat!

"Para-para dancing (The Great Empire of Japan) vs. Break-dancing (America) " by Tenmyouya Hisashi
I've recently discovered and developed a keen interest in contemporary Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi, whose entire catalogue can be found at his website, http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tenmyoya/. Tenmyouya is a visual artist who mixes modern imagery with traditional Japanese art motifs, which makes for visually intriguing illustrations that, at least to me, appear to have culturally insightful implications! Many of his paintings contain references to pop and Japanese gangster culture and are often mingled with images of samurai and other visual cues prevalent in Japanese tradition. While I'd not presume to understand what each painting is meant to convey, they are certainly interesting and depict some genuinely cool and creative images. Check him out with the link provided!     

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