I’ve been having a bit of a mental block lately when it comes to writing blog posts, so in the interest of getting something out there, I’ve decided to talk a bit about this painting which I did a number of years ago.
Quite a bit different from my usual style, I was reminded of this painting while showing my portfolio to students in the class I am currently teaching at Robina.
It represents my view of Tokyo, as seen from the Tokyo Tower. (BTW there is a stall out the front of Tokyo Tower that sells the best Japanese crepes I have ever had)
The photos I took from the top of the tower revealed a sea of grey/brown buildings as far as the eye could see. Upon looking closer, I could just make out Mount Fuji in the background, towering majestically over the city.
Something wasn’t quite right with the scene, though. My impression of Tokyo was a vibrant, colorful place yet my photo looked almost monochrome. So I decided to represent the city in colorist form, using only the diminishing size of the buildings to show aerial perspective rather than tone. Mount Fuji is still seen as a faint, monochrome image in the background, its serenity seen in juxtaposition with the bustling, vibrant city.
It was one of those times when I just had the urge to try something different with no idea whether it was going to work or not. When it was finished I still had no idea if it was any good so I decided to exhibit it in an art competition, I think it was the Moreton Bay Art Prize. Anyway, it made the final cut, so I guess it wasn’t too bad. I also sold it not long after that. Just occasionally it pays to just trust your instincts, give it a go and see what happens.
To this day it is still the only painting I have ever done in this style.