Japan 23

i was invited to collaborate with Taku Hisamura for two shows, one in Tokyo at Gallery Kawamatsu and then a larger installation show at Art Osaka . An initial preview show in Tokyo enabled me to paint the 3 Huts that made up the final show, in an upstairs cupboard (only joking…no really) at Kawamatsu.

Japan like most places around the world is hotter than usual. It hosts a WBT (wet bulb temperature) everyday experience.

short video by @nu-rm7pk

After a successful preview in Tokyo, thanks to everyone who attended! We packed the Hut up and moved all three to a new space in Osaka part of the Art Osaka art fair.

To coincide with my trip to Japan, Kawamatsu and i decided to coincide my visit with a release a print. Its a 5 colour silkscreen print on 300gsm Somerset paper printed in the Uk by Bicep press. It’s a smaller than usual indigo image measuring 60 x 23 cm featuring a new Japanese wave wallpaper and a new Dot Master Hokusai’s “The great wave of Kanagawa”

Indigo gets up! Japan edition of 33 plus a few hand finished special editions each one unique in wall paper and colour way.

The works from the show can be found here

Indigo gets up! japan blue wave edition plus a few hand finished unique works .

I was happy to have Osaka in the schedule this trip and it gave me a chance to catch up, paint and drink with some old friends. I have been coming to Osake to paint for over 10 years and always friends have be kind enough to find me spots to paint. Thanks Ken! Thank you Masagon!

I had one spot left to paint, This trip’s image was definitely The Great Wave. I’d painted this on the street in Tokyo with in 4 hours of my arrival.

I’d been in touch with ol Gypsy eyes who actually lives in Kanagawa (where the great wave is set) and nagged him for months before my arrival to find me somewhere to paint it. He’s a great guy and helps visiting street artists find spots. I’d visited his stretch of coast last time we were working together and fallen i love with the series of little bays that Tokyo comes to bathe in summertime, across the water Mount Fuji stands in the clouds. It seemed like the perfect spot for it and wanted to visit and paint.

View from the black water Onsen

So i did.

A big thanks to all who helped on this one Seigo , Gypsy Eyes, Shin at Substance Bar Koenji city. Tuna Guy aka Mikami. Play the Earth bar.

Thank you Japan! I had a wonderful time.

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