POWER ART is Ichiro’s vision of transmitting positivity to people through his work.
The Japanese symbols of good fortune portrayed in his paintings are brought to life with vivid colors and bold brush strokes. His colorful approach and contemporary pop style is destined to reach far beyond Japan, giving people the world over a chance to experience his art.
“Through my art, I want to make the world a brighter place.” How many people might this dream of Ichiro’s reach?
Mt. Fuji & Dragons
Ichiro’s flagship series depicts Mt. Fuji coupled with a Japanese dragon soaring through the sky. Both the mountain and the dragon are a reflection of Japanese culture and spirit. Still, the question remains as to why Ichiro is so fixated on these two motifs.
Over the years, the sheer beauty of Mount Fuji has enticed many painters and featured as a centerpiece in countless works of art. Ichiro is also one of these artists who could not resist the mountain’s charms. He has made the trek to Mt. Fuji numerous times and every sketch captures the emotion and moments of awe he feels there.
Ichiro draws on his imagination for his colorful depictions of Mt. Fuji. Of all variations, there is one that appears more prominently than others, the so-called “Akafuji” or “Red Fuji”. “Red Fuji” can be observed in the summer, when Mt. Fuji is basking in the soft morning sun’s light. Being a rare event, it is said to bring good luck and, as such, is a famous subject in Ukiyo-e paintings.
Dragons are said to evolve through six stages in a lifetime. Only a select few get to ascend and soar through the sky though, the so called “Hiryu” or “Flying Dragons”. These Hiryu, tangled with Fuji, are what Ichiro depicts in striking variations. The flying dragons and the clouds form a bond, one of light (the dragon) and shadow (the clouds), also known as Yin and Yang in the west or “In’yo” in Japanese.
As a broad metaphor, this bond also draws comparison to human relationships. A powerful “light” person stands in the foreground, supported by others who act mostly from the background, or the “shadow”. In this sense, it is not about individuals being successful, but instead the balance between the forces that bring prosperity to a group. Ichiro’s desire for this balance to remain is a central theme present in his work.