Religious paintings by Japanese artist Hiroshi Mori inspired by Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico and Leonardo da Vinci but using anime characters with details such as waves and animals added in to give them a humorous twist. He tries to develop traditional Japanese methods and styles inspired by the Rinpa school of traditional Japanese painting not as a form of historical quotation but as a mode of expression. The works remind me of the gilded paintings of Giotto but instead of using gold foil, Mori uses industrial spray paint to mimic the effect.
I create paintings that remind one of the gold screen paintings of the Rinpa school, but instead of gold foil, I use industrial-grade spray paint, the method of which I learned while working in car detailing. The result: paintings that look different from Rinpa screens but may or may not be more enduring than gold foil. I use all manner of phenomena as motifs in my own work. Of course, what I call “phenomena” are the banal experiences and the forgettable sceneries of my childhood, which I paint and recall on the canvas. Given concrete form, these images embody for me the murkiness, insecurity but also hope for the future in contemporary society. In my daily life, I seek a way to join the irreconcilable: the flat surfaces of Rinpa paintings and the wonder of children’s books.