Artist Research #1

As I have mentioned in previous blog post, my theme colour is based on a famous Japanese artwork “The Great Wave” by Hokusai. I have decided to do further research on him.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

  • He wanted to live forever.
  • He believed the older he got, the greater his art would become.
  • Changed his focus to landscape and daily life in Japan.

The Great Wave

  • Comes from his series of Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji (1829-1833).
  • About energy and destructive power of the wave.
  • Hopelessness of the fishmen
  • To resonate with people both in Japan and rest of the world.

I am going to post some of his works here:

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Night Rain at Karasaki (1810) From the series Eight Views of Omi

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Lake Suwa (1832) From the series 36 View of Fuji

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Mishima Pass in Kai Province (1832) From the series The 36 Views of Mt. Fuji

I picked his work from the series The 36 Views of Mt. Fuji and The 8 Views of Omi, both are drawing nature. I really his style, especially in drawing nature, the way he uses point, line, plane. The image is not realistic, it is a bit fancy. It reminds me of the tranditional chinese painting.

In the first painting, Night Rain at Karasaki, you can see he did not draw details, he uses point and line to make the shadow and outlines. Then he used the colour to bring up the atmosphere, some of them are even without outlines, such as the brush in the bottom and the brush on the moutain in the top. This style is causal and relaxing.

In the second and third painting, they are in blue tone and it has a bit fading on the sky and some other objects to create a bit volume for them. Again, there is no outline for the leaves and brushes. The cloud looks so fancy, reminds me of the Chinese tales and traditional cloud pattern, I used to draw them in similar way (I will show you some pictures in next blog post).

I would like to use similar style to design a pattern for my products. As it looks alike with some Chinese painting or drawing styles, I will do further research on some traditional Chinese paintings, and find more inspiration on them.

[1] Katsushika Hokusai’s later life to feature in British Museum show
[2] Artsy – Katsuishika Hokusai


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