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This is a LARGE, unframed, limited edition print. The colours of the print are almost identical to the original. For this print I have used a high quality, textured paper. The paper colour is slightly off white and more in keeping with the paper used for the original. You can see the texture of the paper in the photos. The dimensions are for the size of the image. There is a border around the image for framing.

I will not be writing any information nor putting my signature directly on the prints, instead I will provide a certificate of authenticity which will be numbered and signed by me. This certificate can be taped to the back of the framed work. I am doing it this way from now on as I will be travelling overseas a lot in 2019. My signature on the original artworks will be visible on the prints. This will also give you the option of framing so only the artwork is visible.

This is the first artwork for my second series "A Night in Japan". The original was created using Copic markers and coloured pencil. The work depicts a young woman in Tokyo taking a break from work at the restaurant behind her. She is watching a young man who is walking up the street. A chef from the restaurant is also outside. He is watching her watching the young man.

This series continues from my first, 'A Year in Japan', yet focuses on a single night in Tokyo. There is no longer a 'lone man', instead, a variety of people are shown, each going about their lives on this one night which binds them together. My influence for this series is drawn from the film Blade Runner, a film loved for it's dystopian, 'Neo Tokyo' nighttime scenes. As with my first series, I am attempting 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, this series depicts scenes from a single night in Tokyo, highlighting the ephemeral quality of time. The style I used was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation and traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

Medium

Textured cotton rag. French cold press. Natural, off white. 320gsm. Medium texture, matte. Acid free.

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