Songoku and Jade Rabbit
after Yoshitoshi

Songoku and Jade Rabbit after Yoshitoshi -size reference-

Yoshitoshi was the last of the great masters and his death marks the end of Ukiyo-e. Strong individualism in his prints can lead us to observe him as a modern day printmaker.

Journey to the West is one of my favorite legends. Foolishness of the Monkey King and his somewhat naive and innocent approach to life is nicely depicted in this playful view. We are not witnessing the same major turn and twist in legend but rather childish play. If you take a look at fool moon at night and observe just shades, there you might spot shade of Jade rabbit.

Technique: acrylic on canvas

Size: 177 x 120 cm (69.68 x 47.24 inch)

Year: September 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