Constantly pushing the wheel forward that would be simple characteristic of Horiyoshi III.
I admire this old tattoo master for his ability to produce his artwork even though his health isn’t in very good shape for years.
During the opening of his exhibition which will last through October 19th at Harajuku Gallery, he was posing to cameras and signing books and posters with a smile, while suffering from severe back-pain at the same time.
Life is hard.
For some it might be excuse, but for some other artists it is an engine. Being aware that their life could finish soon make them work hard, day by day, and help to produce unbelievable volume of work.
Horiyoshi III last exhibition of drawings was another example of his effort.
Generally, it could be said that it is very bloody exhibition. Colorful drawings of war scenes from Japanese history, Horiyoshi drew scene from duels – fight of samurais showing critical moment of the fight. Cut off heads, penetrated body by swords, screwed faces of dying samurais.
Fights are common theme in Japanese tattoo, but for Horiyoshi it is an important topic. However, the this new exhibition shows a shift from previous Namakubi (生首 disembodied samurai head) to duel fights of samurais. Horiyoshi mentioned in his interview that he likes the scene where fights are frozen in certain critical moment, showing all details of the moment.
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