Art by Senju Horimatsu

paintings, prints and drawings

Ukiyo-e is the foundation of Irezumi. It was the study of this art form that lead me towards the artistic conclusion I have lived by since it first dawned on me that heart and soul is what makes art, not technique or skill. It seems so obvious to me now but this was not always the case. Sometimes it is surprisingly easy to lose one self amidst the common and shared beliefs of your peers or the particular group one calls tribe. Finding my own language and good traveling shoes took some time and in doing so came the realization that this journey is a constant.

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