Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Midland made Hokusai

If Katsushika Hokusai were to be born in the nineteen eighties, his name would have been Stephen Larder. Similarly to the Japanese print master's works, the delicate lines and sculptural depiction of nature and landscape are remarkably detailed in the works of this young english illustrator. Instead of dragons, japanese emperors and courtesans, Larder depicts a group of 'punkers' sitting in the grass of what could be one of the city parks of London. I am not sure if the artist was influenced by the style of Hokusai , but when I first looked at the piece I imagined the figures to be japanese warriors resting in 'the greensward'.
Intensely artistically confusing. Genius.

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