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Yakitori

by Erin Nicholls
Labrador AU
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The Artwork

This is the fourth artwork for my second series "A Night in Japan". I created this artwork using Copic markers and white pencil. The work depicts two men out for dinner at a Yakitori restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. There is a strong contrast between the light interior of the restaurant and the area around it where the light doesn't reach. In the background you can see other figures walking by, indistinct, with neon lights in the distance. The work is predominately coloured in dark blues, which contrasts strongly with the vibrant red of the stools. This series continues from my first, 'A Year in Japan', yet focuses on a single night in Tokyo. There is no longer a 'lone man', instead, a variety of people are shown, each going about their lives on this one night which binds them together. My influence for this series is also drawn from the film Blade Runner, a film loved for it's dystopian, 'Neo Tokyo' nighttime scenes. As with my first series, I am attempting to convey the Japanese phrase 物の哀れ 'mono no aware' - the gentle sadness of things. This refers to the ephemeral, transitory nature of the world, which in turn evokes a greater appreciation for things which are quick to disappear, such as cherry blossoms. The scenes I portray are fleeting moments in time, where the figures, objects and light will only be in that exact state for a moment, never to be repeated. Furthering this concept, this series depicts scenes from a single night in Tokyo, highlighting the ephemeral quality of time. The style I used was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation and traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

The Artist

How do you work? I work from home at my desk. I create works on paper with Copic markers and pencil so I do not need a proper studio for that.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? I'm a full time artist.
What inspires you? Japanese animation, architecture, design, nature
Name three artists that you respect? Gustav Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh
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