Meeting with U-die part III

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.

Michael Jackson

Gandie, Teresa

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.

Lady Diana.jpg

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: 

ADDRESS.

Shinsaibashi Inoue Bldg. 1-3-10
Shinsaibashi-Suji Chuo-ku.Osaka
542-0085.Japan

TEL +81 (0)6-6245-5347

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Meeting with U-die part II

Marilyn u-die

At the last post, I introduced about a young Japanese artist, U-die. His 110cm wide 116 cm long art piece of ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is composed with delicate mosaic work. The mosaic is actually made by Manga with a story of Marilyn Monroe. U-die carefully puts a piece of cartoon together in a way that a part of illastrations structures Marilyn’s face parts and hairs.

Marilyn Monroe part

U-die, Saitama prefecture based artist, was interested in artwork with gimmickry like double image for some time, in which some small pieces of photos and illustrations are put together and form other larger artwork.

His interest was beyond just putting small mosaic together. He wanted to find a way to create a relation between the small pieces constructing the large image and the created image.

The idea of using a cartoon came from his hobby. He started using a frame of cartoon as a piece of mosaic.  With this, he can put an episode of portrayed person in the cartoon and make a connection to the portrait.

His first art piece that he created with this style was when he was a university student. He chose Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫) as the first motif of portrait.  Osamu Tezuka is a legendary Japanese cartoonist, who created world well-known manga series such as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack. U-die wanted to show his respect to the king of Manga if he is going to uses cartoon for the mosaic piece.

U-die creates a story of cartoon based on a true episode of the portrayed character. Then, he lets cartoon personalities talk about the portrayed character without mentioning the name. A reader will finally grasp who the cartoon personas are talking about after going through the story to the end. That is why the series of portrait including Marilyn Monroe is named as  “アレについてのムダ話 (An empty talk about that person)”. By now, the story of cartoon is only written in Japanese, but I hope one day U-die will create a work in English!

The creation process is quite elaborate. He firstly outputs outline and text of cartoon on paper or canvas, then colors on it by pencil, marker and acrylic painting.

You can see and purchase some of U-die’s work at Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka. If you have a chance,  go and visit the gallery.

At the next post, I will introduce some more work of U-die, so stay tuned….

Meeting with U-die: a pleasure of discovery

My first encounter with a work of U-die, a young Japanese artist and painter, was at Art fair Tokyo in March.
Two portraits fearuting Marilyn Monroe and Lady Diana were hang next each other.

At the first glance, I thought these are just another portraits of iconic faces of famous people that many artists have created by now, including the famous silkscreen by Andy Walhol.  Then, my eyes gradually started recognising a very minute something filled in the painting.  I walked closer to the painting and realized that the detail of the lines and colours composing the portrait is actually made by ‘manga’ look-like drawing.  I still remember the pleasant surprise by saying aloud “WOW”.

I am going to write more about U-die in the next post. In the mean time, enjoy his great artwork and discovering what is hidden.

Marilyn u-die