Japanese woodblock prints represent the ‘ground zero’ of modern graphic art. Images of the so-called ‘Floating World’ images have influenced major 19th century painters, including Van Gogh, Degas, Manet, Gauguin and Toulouse Lautrec. Flattened, bold colour, black outlines and challenging cropping became essential features of impressionism.
Masters of Japanese woodblock prints include Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and Utamaro. I effect a modern spin on Shunga. My pictures are elegant and opulent. The eroticism is subtle and constrained, linked to fashion and interiors. It is not pornographic, as it regularly was in the halcyon days of the ‘Edo’ period.