Monday, 28 May 2012
It's no secret that I absolutely adore Japan; culturally and visually. And visually one of my favourite things about Japan is the art from the ukiyo-e period, several hundred years ago. Even better is my discovery of Katsuyuki Nishijima, as posted on It's Nice That, who has a slightly more modern take on the traditional print-style but retains the beautiful imagery that can only be Japan.
“Stylistically the artist, who was born in 1945, is influenced by a particular genre of Japanese woodblock printing used between the 17th and 20th centuries called Ukiyo-e, which literally translates as ʻfloating worldʼ. Intensely crafted, masterfully coloured and, with its familiar tones and graphic outlines, the dramatically composed scenes are not unlike the bold imagery of golden age comics.” – It's Nice That