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2018

Pigment-based inkjet print on fabric print media, synthetic resin, wood panel (panel mount)

Edition of 6

Dimensions: 81.3cm (H) x 81.3cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 32" (H) x 32" (W) x 1" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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About my works
The pieces are made using randomly created materials such as drawings, and combining them with different materials, connecting them visually into a single form.
Produced by constructing the entirety of each piece like a metacollage, that combines several such characters.
Most of my work is output digitally onto cloth and attached to wood panels covered in white coating, which heightens the development of the color, and some are printed onto paper or put onto acrylic mountings.

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I create digital collage pieces with the concept of making the invisible visible.
The pieces are made using randomly created materials such as drawings, and combining them with different materials, connecting them visually into a single form.
With this process, I add images from my internal world, my thoughts, and my emotions to discover fresh, new shapes that do not exist in reality, and use them all in
the atypically shaped characters that appear in my works.
The theme of my works is the dynamism of life, and the amplification of my thoughts and emotions adds story-like characteristics to the still, digital images, which
make one feel the shift to and from each scene.
Every character is based on a familiar plant or animal, while at the same time is flexible, rich in variety, and highly rigid.
Unlike the traditional spiritual and occult images of Asia or the anti-naturalist expressions of the West, the atypical forms I use have been influenced by
the Choju Jinbutsu Giga(Animal-person Caricatures of East Asia in the mid-12th century), which were drawn in between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in Japan,
and the eighteenth-century artist Jakuchu ITO (Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period, 18C), especially their comical expressions, and flat, precise depictions, with the addition
of slightly over-exaggerated facial expressions and movements, which give the characters presence and compatibility with their surroundings.
I go further and aim to make images that give a different impression when seen close and seen at a distance, for a multiplex of visual nuance and impact,
by constructing the entirety of each piece like a metacollage, that combines several such characters.
Further, the forms of the plants that appear in all of my works also heal us, and at times threaten us by becoming natural disasters, and so become self-conflicting symbols.
The structural harmony of the entirety and the pieces of each piece is based on the Buddhist philosophy of life, the way that the macrocosm of the universe and
the microcosm of human existence interact is another important element of my work.
Most of my work is output digitally onto cloth and attached to wood panels covered in white coating, which heightens the development of the color, and some are printed
onto paper or put onto acrylic mountings.
I propose a variety of flexible exhibiting styles, with some works having the proportions of traditional Eastern works such as hanging scrolls or fusuma-e, some use
a multi-panel style reminiscent of the screen layout of the vertically long fusuma-e, with images lined up one after the next, and multi-panel hybrid types, where even
one piece could be exhibited on its own.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1969

Hometown: Nishimuro-District

Based in: Wakayama

Takayoshi Ueda was born in Japan, 1969 and currently lives and works in Wakayama, Japan.
Learning oil painting at an art school in Kyoto, he was captivated by the beauty of monochrome paint software he experienced while studying there and began creating with a computer in 1994.
Ueda's major exhibitions of his artwork include the 2006 solo exhibition of his earliest masterpieces in NY as well as participation in art fairs in more than 11 countries across the U.S. and Asia, like the Asia Digital Art Award (Awarded Still Images Division Grand Prize) at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the STRICOFF Gallery group exhibit as a finalist for the ARTBOX. PROJECT New York 1.0, ART EXPO NEW YORK, and Red Dot Miami.
His works of art are kept in the likes of Kitasato Institute and Nishiwaki Okanoyama Art Museum in Japan.
Attempting to break away from the general tendency of CG images to have an artificial and inorganic feel, Ueda's artwork is dubbed “Digilo-graphy”, which started from the utilization of the texture of hand-painted input material which is then digitally processed and combined before being printed onto canvas, and in 2008, his art style evolved after he started making elaborate digital collages that form different animals and plants using those same materials.
Based on the idea that he stumbled upon during the process of making illustrations for his experimental work on a (children's silent book) in 2007, that is to present each page as an independent planar art, he arranged its composition according to the Japanese art style while adding Asian regional tastes to the coloring and combined them with the Western perception of shapes and space, aiming to form a visual image that allows the local individual artist to communicate with global audiences on a level that transcends cultural barriers.
Ueda is mainly influenced and inspired by the Art of the Edo Period, such as the Rinpa School and Jakuchu ITO apart from the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism as well as Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel of the Northern Renaissance.


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