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Tenmyouya Hisashi Collaborates with Artist Duo “indieguerillas” on New Works

Tenmyouya Hisashi, previously featured on our blog, revives the style of Japanese traditional painting in his contemporary images of futuristic vehicles and robotic warriors on gold leaf. His work is a combination of what is called, "Neo-Nihonga", a revival of Japanese aesthetic with his own term, "Butouha", referring to the attitude and resistance against the art system that his art expresses. Well established in Japan, among Tenmyouya's fans are artist duo known as "indieguerillas", who incorporate Japanese folklore-inspired beings into their mixed media work; paintings and sculptures of skateboards and other imaginary machines ridden by colorful characters.


Tenmyouya Hisashi

Tenmyouya Hisashi, previously featured on our blog, revives the style of Japanese traditional painting in his contemporary images of futuristic vehicles and robotic warriors on gold leaf. His work is a combination of what is called, “Neo-Nihonga”, a revival of Japanese aesthetic with his own term, “Butouha”, referring to the attitude and resistance against the art system that his art expresses. Well established in Japan, among Tenmyouya’s fans are artist duo known as “indieguerillas”, who incorporate Japanese folklore-inspired beings into their mixed media work; paintings and sculptures of skateboards and other imaginary machines ridden by colorful characters. Last year, indieguerillas and Tenmyouya got together for an exhibition in Singapore, and have once again collaborated for their current exhibition at Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. indieguerillas’ works in the exhibition offer new, nonsensical variations of their distorted skateboards and paintings of bizarre contraptions driven by their characters. Tenmyouya produced his works based on the assumption that they will be viewed by foreigners, and injected a pop of color into his paintings of tattooed samurai and Gundams operated by warriors in their underwear. Their exhibition is on view at Mizuma Gallery through December 26th, 2015.


Tenmyouya Hisashi


Tenmyouya Hisashi


Tenmyouya Hisashi


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indieguerillas


indieguerillas


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Using acrylics, black gesso, gold leaf, and wood, Tenmyouya Hisashi calls upon the history of Japanese painting in narratives and creations that span the past, present, and future. These works render a robotic transport with the same elegance of centuries-old weaponry. His sweeping battles scenes and portraits function under the banner of his “Neo Nihonga" style.
These works by Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi represent uniquely Japanese aesthetics, mixed with modern, vulgar depictions of sub-culture icons. His paintings of vehicles and Gundam samurai on gold leaf are only a few characters he's refashioned in the styles of his predecessors. By combining traditional Japanese symbols, his paintings have a spirit that is old and contemporary at the same time.

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