Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lady Snowblood (修羅雪姫)

'Shura-Yuki-Hime' - (tea, pencil, biro & white ink on card)

My latest tea stained piece brings you the beautiful 1970's Japanese actress, Meiko Kaji from the cult classic movie 'Lady Snowblood' (original Japanese title 修羅雪姫, Shurayukihime). A 1973 Japanese film directed by Toshiya Fujita. It is based on a manga comic called Shurayukihime.

The title of this piece is 'Shira-Yuki-Hime' which is the name of the main protagonist. This has to be one of my favourite movies in my collection, fantastic story of tragedy, great imagery and swordtastic action.

Shurayukihime (修羅雪姫) – meaning “carnage snow princess” – is a pun on Shirayukihime “white snow princess”, usually referring to Snow White, and is translated for this classic film as “Princess Snowblood”.

It was also a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, which borrows plot, characters, visual motifs and settings. In particular the character O-Ren Ishii is based on Lady Snowblood. The scene in which The Bride fights O-Ren Ishii uses a snowy landscape that echoes scenes in Lady Snowblood. The theme song, "Shura No Hana", sung by Meiko Kaji (translated by Tarantino as "The Flower of Carnage") is also used in Kill Bill, Vol. 1.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

My Art Takes Times Square

Art Takes Times Square from Artists Wanted on Vimeo.

A few months ago I entered the 'Art Takes Times Square' competition. Guess what? I got through to the final!

Art Takes Times Square scoured the globe for today's greatest creative talents to identify one artist whose work will be displayed in a massive exhibition on the glittering screens of Times Square. Tens of thousands of artists joined this international phenomenon, contributing works that received over 2 million page views through the course of the competition.  

On Monday June 18th, works by thousands of artists, including myself, will be displayed on bright LED screens (9 ft x 12 ft) located on Broadway and 43rd Street. 

One Grand Prize winner will be revealed at the Art Takes Times Square billboard premiere.

So if you're in New York please stop by! 

View Map: Here

The Times Square Billboard Premier Event

Date / Time : Monday June 18, 2012
7pm - 10:30pm
Location : Times Square NYC
Broadway between 43rd Street and 44th Street
Special Performance by : Twin Shadow