Hokusai South African Style

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I started this series for my East Meets Africa exhibition, which was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, Pretoria, as part of the South Africa-Japan centennial celebration. Using well-known Japanese artwork, namely, Hokusai’s world-famous woodblock print series, I intended to create fun and interesting paintings that look familiar but unusual – combining elements from Japan and South Africa.

Katsushika Hokusai  (1760-1849) was a painter and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaker in the Edo period. The paintings below are based on his woodblock print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji (Fugaku Sanjūrokkei).

葛飾北斎の版画は、世界で最も良く知られた日本のアート作品だ。その北斎の「富嶽三十六景」を南アフリカ風にアレンジしてみた。見慣れた作品なのに、どこか違う面白さをお楽しみください。

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