JUN INOUE

Jun Inoue is a Japanese contemporary artist, born in 1981. Inoue’s unique style of live, adrenaline-charged performance painting displays the metaphysical dimension of his works.

Jun was raised in regional Kanagawa, where he studied traditional Japanese calligraphy, and where his grandfather, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. The solidity and grace of the forms in his paintings are evidence of the deeper philosophical foundation behind the gesture. Inoue has been creating since he was a boy. Highly influenced by American youth culture, including hip-hop music and fashion, his graffiti reflected this. It wasn’t until he studied art after high school that he began to identify with his Japanese roots and incorporate his culture into his art. At the time, Tokyo graffiti had become distinctively focused on sweeping movements and minimal abstract shapes. It was in this scene that Jun found the platform for his unique vision, adding to the vivid artistic dialogue that was buzzing across Tokyo’s streets and walls.

Jun is a key figure among current Tokyo street artists, and his work is a combination of two very different styles of art – shodo, traditional Japanese calligraphy, and raku-gaki, or graffiti. This mixture culminates in energetic, vivid and edgy pieces. By uniting the two styles, Jun has re-translated and revived traditional Japanese art to the younger Japanese population and to the western world.

Jun is a member of The 81 Bastards, a crew consisting of five Tokyo’s leading young painters, each representing a rebellious new wave of Japanese art, with a goal to redefine live performance painting. In the US, his art was used in Nike stores and on skateboards and sneakers. Most recently, it appeared in a collaborative range with Tokyo fashion designer Mihara Yasuhiro for Paris Fashion Week, where Jun also splattered the models before they walked the runway.

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SHOHEI OTOMO

Shohei Otomo is a modern day artist who draws with traditional Japanese influence combined with modern style.

Graduated from the Tama Art University, he mainly uses the ballpoint pen to draw. Its trait is ultra-precise, fine and gives the image of a Japan shared between its past and its present. The geishas, yōkais and samuraïs rub shoulders with iconoclastic visions of the 21st century.

 

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TAKERU AMANO

Takeru Amano is a Japanese artist born in 1977. He moved to New York in 1997 where he studied engraving during three years before returning to settle in Tokyo.

Takeru Amano has been in contact with the world of art since his childhood, his father being Yoshitaka Amano, an internationally renowned illustrator. On his return from New York, his new influences from the big apple mixed with the Japanase pop culture this way he gradually defined his own style.

Using classicism and modernity in his creations, Takeru Amaro combines accuracy of the line to an explosive color palette from the pop culture.

His works have been part of several solo and group exhibitions, specially in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

 

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