A Year in Japan

Marker and pencil drawings

This series of 12 artworks captures everyday scenes in Japan in an attempt to convey the Japanese phrase 物の哀れ 'mono no aware' - the gentle sadness of things. This refers to the ephemeral, transitory nature of the world, which in turn evokes a greater appreciation for things which are quick to disappear, such as cherry blossoms. The scenes I portray are fleeting moments in time, where the figures, objects and light will only be in that exact state for a moment, never to be repeated. Furthering this concept, each piece also represents a different month of the year, highlighting the passage of time through the seasons. The works all feature a lone man with his back to the viewer, giving a glimpse into the life of a faceless stranger. The style I used was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation and traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

Limited edition prints available to buy for $300

Limited Edition canvas prints are also available

Edition series of 50

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Footprints in Snow
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Lights in the Snow
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Rainy Day
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Passing by Cherry Blossoms
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Under the Cherry Blossoms
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A Memory of Spring
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Flowers in an Alley
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Early Morning Ride
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Tokyo Crossing
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After The Rain
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Leaves in Autumn
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Shades of Autumn
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Rainy Day

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