Author: inkbrush

  • [Flipbook] Ikko Tanaka’s Abstract Visual Noh

    [Flipbook] Ikko Tanaka’s Abstract Visual Noh

    BY: INKBRUSHMOOD | editorial@inkbrushmood.com Ikko Tanaka’s Abstract Visual Noh is now available for online reading! You can check it out here. Also available as a PDF. INKBRUSHMOOD VOL. 2 COMING SOON!

  • A Brief History of the Onna Musha, the Female Samurai

    A Brief History of the Onna Musha, the Female Samurai

    What comes to mind when you hear the word samurai? Men wielding katanas? Ironclad Japanese warriors about to strike a blow? Or perhaps a robed samurai on the verge of self-sacrifice. What about a kimono-wrapped lady on the verge of kicking ass? While most women in feudal Japan were expected to adhere to traditional roles,…

  • [FACTSHEET] Hayami Gyoshū: Modern Nihonga in Blue

    [FACTSHEET] Hayami Gyoshū: Modern Nihonga in Blue

    BY: IKB WIND | February 08th, 2024 [ABOUT HAYAMI GYOSHU] Hayami Gyoshū (1894-1935) was a Nihonga painter from the Inten Revival era. His paintings were luminous in nature, with a contemporary sense of perception. For instance, in Tokyo Dancer, the soft, asymmetrical outlines that emphasize the woman’s blue-gowned figure also make her appear airbrushed! Painted…

  • IMG KOAN #3

    IMG KOAN #3

    Swim against the current (2024, February 2) by IKB Wind

  • Hasui Kawase & His Stand-Out Perspective

    Hasui Kawase & His Stand-Out Perspective

    Within the vastness of the floating world, one perspective stands out for its distinctiveness: that of Hasui Kawase. Born in 1883, he became a prominent figure in the shin hanga movement. Shin hanga prints are essentially modernized ukiyo-e, characterized by a more Westernized influence in terms of pigments used and artistic perspective. Some of Hasui…

  • Ōoka Shunboku: Daikokuten et tigre [+Wallpaper!]

    Ōoka Shunboku: Daikokuten et tigre [+Wallpaper!]

    The original Daikokuten and Tiger (1750!): Celebrate Shunboku’s creative genius by downloading a remixed! Daikokuten et tigre wallpaper (1366×768) fresh off the IKB press: Thanks for checking it out! Which wallpaper did you like the most? Share in the comments and remember to spread the IKB word 🙂

  • Ikko Tanaka’s Post-Modern Noh Vision

    Ikko Tanaka’s Post-Modern Noh Vision

    Ikko Tanaka (1930 – 2002) was a Japanese grand master of graphic design. At once highly geometric and vibrantly organic, Tanaka’s style incorporates elements of both Japanese art and Western Modernism with an abstract flair. Many of Tanaka’s most renowned works are related to his involvement with the theatre. His most famous poster, “Nihon Buyo”…

  • Ohno Bafuku’s Creative Nature Prints

    Ohno Bafuku’s Creative Nature Prints

    Ohno Bafuku (1888-1972) was a Japanese shin-hanga painter best known for his inspired naturely art works or sosaku-hanga (“creative prints”). Though nature is a frequent theme in Japanese art, Bafuku expresses an intensity and perspective that feels alternative to his era. One need only see Mebaru (20th. CE; above) to appreciate its conceptual beauty. The…

  • Itō Shinsui: Master of Bijin-ga

    Itō Shinsui: Master of Bijin-ga

    Itō Shinsui is an expert in beautiful women — or at least in painting them. An icon of the Shin-hanga (modern ukiyo-e) movement, Shinsui specifically excelled at bijin-ga: portraits of beautiful women. What makes Shinsui’s prints so special? Women are certainly not a new topic in the art world, and definitely not in ukiyo-e. From…