In the photos above, my artwork “Nishikigoi” can be seen hanging in the entrance lobby of Nan Gallery, Taipei. The first Western artist to exhibit at the gallery, which was one of the first in Taiwan, founded 30 years ago. The work is currently with Der-Horng Gallery (http://www.derhorng.com/en/index.php), my representing gallery in Tainan.
The word koi comes from Japanese, simply meaning “carp”. It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as koi in English are referred to more specifically as nishikigoi in Japan (literally meaning “brocaded carp”). In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are, therefore, symbols of love and friendship in Japan. An example of this can be seen in the short story by Muk?da Kuniko, “Koi-san”. The koi is also an often recurring symbol in Irezumi, the Japanese art of traditional tattooing.
The work in question is a photographic pigment print on hand-made cotton based fine-art paper. It comes from a series of four artworks, which are the first of new works produced under my Chinese name, with a specific focus on East Asia. It bears my official chop (seal) on the front lower right side and is signed, numbered and dated verso. Framed in wood behind plexiglas, and bordered in Chinese gold brocade, woven from 24 carat pure gold. The work is a limited edition of 3 (+1 a.p.), and measures 180cm x 125cm (framed size). The full series of four artworks can be viewed on my official website via this link.
Alien Illusion, from the Fire in the Sky series
A Japanese Lanscape, from the Fire in the Sky series
Although I am best known for my figurative works, I retain a passion for landscape, abstract and architecture images. Fire in the Sky is a very good example of this passion, a burning sunset against a mysterious landscape, coupled to my now signature style of long exposures and resulting motion blur, giving mysterious illusions.
Fire in the Sky is a series of 9 artworks, produced in 2007. Each artwork is available in 5 editions, signed, dated and numbered verso, with Certificate of Authenticity. Archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin (310 g/m2), dry mounted and framed behind Plexiglas. Works measure 80cm x 60cm.
The full series of 9 artworks can be viewed HERE. Available internationally via my network of representatives. Please contact me for additional information.
Shunga ~ the series
Shunga ~ the series
Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; “spring” is a common euphemism for sex.
The ukiyo-e movement as a whole sought to express an idealisation of contemporary urban life and appeal to the new chonin class. Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo period shunga varied widely in its depictions of sexuality. As a subset of ukiyo-e it was enjoyed by all social groups in the Edo period, despite being out of favour with the shogunate. Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers, and it did not detract from their prestige as artists. Classifying shunga as a kind of medieval pornography can be misleading in this respect.
This photographic portrayal of Shunga is one of the very few photographic portrayals in existence. The series consists of 26 artworks, each available as an edition of 4. Printed on Hahnemühle Bamboo (290 g/m2), dry mounted and custom framed (Japanese themed) behind glass. Signed, dated and numbered verso, with Certificate of Authenticity. Artworks measure 120 cm (47.24″) x 90 cm (35.43″).
The full series of 26 artworks can be viewed HERE. Available world-wide via selective representatives, please contact me for additional information.
Behind the Shoji 4
Behind the Shoji 15
Behind the Shoji is a series of 12 artworks, focused on the theme of Japanese sensuality and sexuality, the mystery of the female form within the confines of her own quarters, behind a shoji screen. Your imagination is your only limitation when viewing these magnificent large format artworks, each of which are available in 4 editions one of which is printed on transparent opaline, which is mounted within the very latest white-board LED back-lit frame.
3 editions (+2 a.p.) available as archival pigment prints on Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss (285 g/m2) paper, dry-mounted and framed behind glass, and 1 (+1 a.p.) edition on transparent Opaline mounted in a LED white-board illuminated frame.
Measurements vary according to the artwork, but average at 100 cm x 100 cm (39.37″ x 39.37″). Signed, numbered and dated verso, and issued with Certificate of Authenticity.
The entire series of 12 artworks can be viewed via HERE. Feel free to contact me for additional information.
The award winning series “Cowgirl”, shot in 2006, but only recently made available to collectors. Series one consists of 12 black and white archival pigment prints. Each print is is available in a limited edition of 4 (+2 a.p.).
Framed and mounted within a traditional passe-partout. Each print measures 80 cm (31.5″) x 60 cm (23.6″) and is signed, numbered and dated verso, with Certificate of Authenticity.
To view the whole series, please click HERE. Available internationally via my representatives. For additional information, please contact me via e-mail.