In part II, I picked up Marilyn Monroe’s portrait from “Are ni tsuite no mudabanashi” series. This series has other portraits of Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa and Gandi. He envisions this series expandable to a movie.
Besides “Are nitrite no mudabanashi” series that I introduced in Part II, U-die has a alphabetical portrait series of well known people, starting from A:Albert Einstein, B:Bob Marley, D: Lady Diana. Lady Diana is his recent work that he presented at this year’s Art fair Tokyo.
Photo from Onomichi Art Biotop
He created many portraits, but the style is versatile. For “Are ni tsuiteno mudabanashi” series, outline and letters are firstly output to either paper or canvas then he add colors on by using pencil, marker or acrylic paint. As for alphabetic series, he reflect the motif for the choice of tools. Blackboard and chalk for Einstein, canvas made of linen and rasta colour acrylic paint for Bob Marley, water colour painting paper of Royal warrant and water paint.
You see U-dai’s playfulness every bit of his creation and a choice of tools. U-die doesn’t want to limit himself in particular style of expression. Imagination is his driver and think about what is the most suitable way to deliver it. Acrylic, pencil, water paint, 3D, movie…..if you are interested in other work of U-die. you can find some in Onomichi art biotop site.
His work is so refined. He could barely creates one piece a year or every two years. Building his portfolio and holding his personal exhibition soon may be his live concern. I am certainly one of those who are looking forward to it.
His work is managed and well taken care of by Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka last 8 years since U-die graduated from university. If you have a chance to be in Osaka, why don’t you visit the gallery. It is located in a center of Shinsaibashi area in Osaka.
Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery:
Shinsaibashi Inoue Bldg. 1-3-10
TEL +81 (0)6-6245-5347