Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mathew Foster

Both pieces are on the inner forearms, and are in the japanese style of ukiyo-e, anold form of woodblock printmaking. The first one is a pretty well known adaptation of the 'Great Wave OffKanagawa' by Hokusai (1760‹1849). When he was 13 or 14 he had a dream ofgetting it placed on his arm, cropped in a circle. It stuck. Since the wave carries such weight, he wanted the other to be lighter and balance it out. He found a modern day ukioyo-e artist named Toshi Yoshida(1911-1995), who made this obscure print called 'Double Cherry' that he stumbled on and loved. More are in the works, and will be in the ukiyo-e style (recommendations for a Portland area artist would be appreciated).
Both were done by one Dr. Julien in 2001 and 2004, in Eugene, Oregon. There's a crappy ass video of the 2nd one being done here: http://www.vimeo.com/41567

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