|Masao Hanawa stands in front of his mural "Seven Samurai" painted for Toho Studios, Tokyo*
I recently returned from a trip to Tokyo where I participated in a unique event known as "the Salon." Each year in a different city, decorative painters and muralists from all over the world gather to exhibit their work, demonstrate techniques for each other and the public, exchange ideas, and of course, party. Salon Tokyo 2013 was brilliantly hosted by the fabulous Yaeko Kurimata, my friend and colleague on the other side of the Pacific, whose studio I visited in 2009.
|my exhibit panels for Salon Tokyo featured a Yomuiri Giants (Tokyo) baseball player and Toshiro Mifune from the Kurasawa film "Seven Samurai" painted on copper-gilt canvas.
|East Meets West in Niels Jongdahl's' masterful trompe l'oeil painting.
In a business that can be terribly competitive, closed, and often lonely and demoralizing, Salon participants tend to be open, appreciative, happy to share, willing to argue, and above all supportive of each others art practice, which I believe comes from the assured confidence of someone who really knows their craft and loves their work.
|Masao Hanawa's monumental self-portrait. The beautiful ornamental panels to the left are by Jean-Luc Sablé
and fell instantly and desperately in art-love with it, and incidentally with whomever is responsible for painting it. This is my kind of painting: surreal-scaled, detailed, a bit unconventional, and beautifully painted. I was stunned and elated while fellow painters gathered around it, arguing about how it was painted and with what medium or tools.
|Masao Hanawa demonstrating at Salon Tokyo
|Large scale trompe l'œil by Masao Hanawa at Tokyo DisneySea Resort *
|work in progress, tools, and light fill the large shop of Atelier-Hanawa, Tokyo
|grisaille sample for the 7 Samurai mural repurposed as a screen
I like visiting the studios of other muralists when I travel- I find it gives me some insight into the process; what do we have in common (storage issues!) and what space-saving or cool tips can I pick up - or share?
|Trompe l'œil murals and grottesche ornament by Masao Hanawa *
|some moments in the studio of Masao Hanawa, Tokyo
|Masao Hanawa in his studio
further reading - more pictures:
Atelier Hanawa website
SalonTokyo2013 @Flickr more pictures from this amazing event
Lynne's previous posts about Japan
jib door is in the glossary!
images in this post by Lynne Rutter, May 2013
except * ©Masao Hanawa
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