Japanese painting (絵画, kaiga, also gadō 画道) is one of the oldest and most highly refined of the Japanese visual arts, encompassing a wide variety of genres and styles. As with the history of Japanese arts in general, the long history of Japanese painting exhibits synthesis and competition between native Japanese aesthetics and the adaptation of imported ideas, mainly from Chinese painting which was especially influential at a number of points; significant Western influence only comes from the later 16th century onwards, beginning at the same time as Japanese art was influencing that of the West.
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I always felt that Japanese culture is very close to my heart. When I was a kid, I had a dream to become a comics artist. My mother, on the other hand, wanted me to become a fine-art artist and draw paintings, for I have the innate artistic abilities. But with time, as I have worked as a tattoo artist, I got heavily influenced by Japanese art.
I can’t say that i’m in love with Japan, but i’m in love with various Japanese art forms, especially with Japanese traditional art.
Japanese traditional paintings are very unique and rich. They take things that are casual and mundane and turn them into something really beautiful and elegant.
I always wanted to get know more about Japanese traditional art so I spent time learning about it. But also I don’t want to just mimic what was done before. I want to bring in something of my own, something that is contemporary and is relevant to nowadays. So when I work in traditional Japanese style I try to blend tradition with modernity.
This project is about Japanese women. I want to depict them with traditional hairstyles and clothes but to put them into modern settings. In fact, I started the project few months ago with the name “Japanese tradional girl” and now I have over 20 drawings and few more are still in progress.
I also want to do another project on Japanese traditional art which will be based on Shunga art book – kind of dark artwork project.