Floods, apocalyptic texts and visions, nature, life and death, goats, mythology, flying things, eschatological and apocryphal texts, ecstatic visionaries, high spirited rosy cheeked creatures of the flesh, tarot, Japanese landscapes; those are the things of inspiration. Contemplating the past, communing with the dead, the cave painters, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Medievalists, the 16th century court painters. I love the ghosts of the German expressionists, Vincent Van Gogh and the Japanese woodblock printers.
Outsiders; those who create without reward and have no thought for it. Driven by passion and the unseen forces that determine them. These I find more inspiring than today’s self willed, self conscious, self branding and promoting instagram/art fair artists or the academy careerists. Occultists, mystics, mythologists, natural philosophers, adventurers, folks who live by their own rules, are not these the people who truly inspire art?
Made in Japan
After a month in Itoshima at Studio Kura's artist residency, and 2 months in Takeo at Arts Itoya. Here are some of the prints I brought back along with memories of mountains, shrines, snakes, fireflies, butterflies and beautiful people.
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