Ghosts Emerging
after Yoshitaki

Ghosts Emerging after Yoshitaki -size reference-

Japanese ghosts, monsters and demons entered western scene through the works of Symbolist. Long black hair, white robes, or long necks, spidery limbs, whole scenery transformed in collage of sculls, are images of Japanese folklore.  On this diptych we see TOKUGAWA Mitsukuni preparing to cleanse an old shrine from evil spirits.

In this drawing I intended to depict Mitsukuni more realistically in contrast to spirits for whom I used metallic colors and underpaint technique to represent their ghastly nature. But during the painting I realized that to fight a demon you have to be a demon, and in a way, Mitsukuni was more than human.

Technique: acrylic on canvas

Size: diptych 177 x 240 cm
(69.68 x 94.48 inch);
each panel 177 x 120 cm
(69.68 x 47.24 inch)

Year: December 2011

Availability: In Private Collection

100 Views of Ukiyo-e

During my exploration of the beginning of modern art (Impressionism and Post-Impressionism) I found myself surrounded by beautiful views of Ukiyo-e prints. They were my explanation to everything: modern/contemporary painting, design, illustration, comics and animation. Even more, I had to tell that to everyone. Firstly, I did impressions/interpretations of famous works of Hiroshige and Hokusai, but I couldn´t stop there… I finally found my call.100 Views of Ukiyo-e is my life mission to re-create new originals of selected 100 Ukiyo-e prints, new original painting in new oban size. It is divided in 4 Volumes of 25 canvases, some of the forming diptychs or triptychs. So far I have finished the first set that introduces several masters, styles and topics.

A review by Amalija Stojsavljević, art historian can be read here.

Volume I – Masters

The First Volume of series of paintings of the 100 Views of Ukiyo-e. This initial set was a practical part of my magistrate thesis in Arts at Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo. I tried to introduce great masters of Ukiyo-e, specific styles and topics from its begging to the end.

100 Views of Ukiyo-e, Volume I: Masters Exhibition Catalogue for Web