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Fantasista Utamaro, Ukiyo-e (R4U)

Fantasista Utamaro Ukiyo-e (R4U), 2017

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Print : etching, print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    20.5 x 14.2 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 200 copies
    12 remaining copies

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Fantasista Utamaro created this ukiyo-e piece working closely with traditional Japanese ukiyo-e artists Keizaburo MATSUZAKI and Senrei SEKIOKA. Ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, is a traditional Japanese form of art from the 17-19th century and there are very little ukiyo-e artists currently in Japan that carry on this tradition. For this work, the artist takes a famous work by an ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro from the 18th century, and reinterprets adding a strong influence of Japanese contemporary pop style. The title "R4U" stands for "Respect for Utamaro" and it was specially created for an exhibition in Paris in 2017, where one of the ukiyo-e artists, Mr. Matsuzaki, was invited from Japan to perform the printing in front of the Parisien audience. This work depicts the profile of Japanese woman wearing a kimono, but by observing closely, one can see that the lady consists of many small cats, Japanese anime characters and emojis. There are symbols of good luck and wealth such as the Japanese lucky cats or the dollar signs.
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Fantasista Utamaro

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Utamaro is first of all an artist, but he is also an animation director, illustrator, graphic designer, textile designer, and art director, born in Japan and now based in New York, He is part of the new generation of young Japanese artists that challenge the traditional boundaries of art. His distinctive ultra pop and technicolor style expresses the explosive energy in his works that are created based on his three concepts: celebration, freedom, and limitlessness. He recently took part in an art event for Syrian refugees at the UN headquarters in New York City. He has also collaborated with for many years with Murakami Takashi and directed Pharrell Williams music videos “it Girl", and also worked on Japanese movies and magazines as an art director. He has exhibited his art works in Paris in 2017 for the first time and has participated at the Urban Art Fair in Paris in 2017 and 2018.

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