15 April 2011

The Art Of Hisashi Tenmyouya

Another artist who frequently depicts fundoshi-clad Japanese warriors is Hisashi Tenmyouya. After working as an art director at a record label, Tenmyouya began practicing art professionally, mixing elements of Japan's heraldic past with popular culture elements such as gundams and hip hop references into a traditional, lush style that incorporates oil painting, fabric, and gold leaf. His opulent surfaces, lithe warriors, biomechs and robots seem a cut above the usual Hello Kitty-quoting pop art that such lo-brow/hi-brow summits conjure up. Considered one of the most talented neo-traditionalists working today, one of Hisashi's paintings recently sold at Christie's for $600,000!

That sort of commercial success is admirable, but Hisashi Tenmyouya's skill really speaks for itself:

(these images are well worth clicking on to see greater detail)

(below: from the Book Of Five Rings -- really wish I could find larger pictures of these! They look like they're amazing.)

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