Kiyo Murakami Kiyo Murakami has a magical portfolio filled with beautiful photo manipulations. From Tokyo, Japan, Murakami is a unique artist who can make surreal art stand out for its breathtaking beauty. Each photo tells its own spellbinding story, carrying an air of mystery and intrigue.
Ring Entrance Ceremony by Yokozuna Grand Champion Shiranui Dakuemon - UTAGAWA KUNISADA
Legend has it that a sumo match between gods determined the origin of the Japanese race.
Now regarded as Japan’s national sport, sumo first gained popularity with the general public during the Edo Period (1603-1867), and like those ukiyo-e(woodblock prints) of great Kabuki actors, similar ones of famous sumo wrestlers were also in demand.
SAMARI SKATEBOARDERS - these are awesome illustrations :)
Inspired by a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan, San Francisco based painter Ferris Plock decided to cleverly mashup samurais and skateboarders in his new series, Rest for the Wicked. This new collection embodies the artist’s trademark character-based works along with a Ukiyo-e inspired sensibility. Ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, is one of the most universally known of all Japanese arts. Produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, ukiyo-e translates to “floating world” in English and often featured images of a world of transient pleasures and freedom, like in theatre, pleasure quarters and travel.
Fock used a variety of media such as acrylic, gouache, gold leaf, and spray paint on wood panel to create his art. You can listen to him describe this new set, here, or see the paintings now till September 4, 2010 in San Francisco at The Shooting Gallery.