"Kashi" - Hirofumi Takemoto

"Kashi" - Hirofumi Takemoto

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"Kashi", 2017

Acrylic on canvas, 16"1/6 x 12"1/2 (41 x 31,8 cm)

This painting was Inspired by the "Moatside" by Kitagawa Utamaro

Hirofumi Takemoto is a Japanese artist who captures in his work the immense diversity and vibrancy of Japanese culture.  

Takemoto creates images inspired by Kitagawa Utamaro’s large-headed pictures of female beauties. Utamaro was one of the most important designers of Ukiyo-e (a genre of Japanese art very popular from the 17th to the 19th century, which means “pictures of the floating world”.  Utamaro’s drawings of women were based in real prostitutes and socially oppressed women.  Based on that, Takemoto re-creates pictures of beautiful women using Western painting techniques. 

He studied Western art at Osaka University of Arts, but is also influenced by various other artists and perspectives. 

His inspiration also comes from the old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck and Antony Gormley.  In his world vision, Takemoto aims to create works that will trigger richness through sheer diversity.