A Year in Japan

Marker and pencil drawings

2015-2017

This series of 12 artworks capture 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.

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Footprints in Snow
Footprints in Snow

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Lights in the Snow
Lights in the Snow

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Rainy Day
Rainy Day

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Passing by Cherry Blossoms
Passing by Cherry Blossoms

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Under the Cherry Blossoms
Under the Cherry Blossoms

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A Memory of Spring
A Memory of Spring

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Flowers in an Alley
Flowers in an Alley

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Early Morning Ride
Early Morning Ride

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Tokyo Crossing
Tokyo Crossing

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After The Rain
After The Rain

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Leaves in Autumn
Leaves in Autumn

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Shades of Autumn
Shades of Autumn

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