Japonisme Today

During the opening decade of the twenty–first century, the interest in Japonisme increased while it being acknowledged throughout the world. Exhibitions were held all over the world to widespread the appeal of Japanese materials where it was not only something to be admired and adapted by painters i.e., high art, but also designers, architects, decorative art, and graphic artists and also people of different levels in society in different countries but as a subject matter of potential exploration to further expand the field and uncover new perspectives which in return provide an emergent of new methodologies.

Earlier I showcased some Japonisme influenced work from back in time, here are some modern day artist’s work also inspired by Japonisme.


Contemporary street artist Copyright used the tiger as the main subject in his work and palletes that were inspired by the Japanese culture. The tiger has been a favourite subject for Japanese painters since the beginning of the seventeenth century which are usually found Buddhist temple carvings.




Urban artist Pure Evil was inspired by Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ to create his print ‘Hokusai Tsunami print for Japan’. The waves in his work are interpreted as the power of the crashing waves of the tsunami disaster that occurred to Japan where back then the images of waves were interpreted as a symbol of strength. In the print he unites the considerable nineteenth century imagery with a “LIVE” logo in the base left hand corner, doubtlessly suggesting the expansive interchanges extent of the tsunami amid the tidal wave episode and conceivably to Japan’s unmistakable position at the bleeding edge of innovation.




Geishas as well as anime and manga-style characters are feature heavily in Hush’s work while he explores the contrasting depictions and constructions of women in Japan and Japanese culture by confronting both historic geishas and the contemporary female characters in Japanese animation.



Kozyndan are amazing a couple specialists who work cooperatively to make profoundly definite compositions and delineations. Their work is exceptionally individual as in it’s particularly about the interests and values they share together as a few, one of these being Kozy’s Japanese background.  Their bunny filled wave inspired by the famous Japanese work ‘The Great Wave’. In their lastest print in the series ‘Gray Hares (Winter Bunnies)’ inspiration was taken from ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshge’s ‘Evening Shnow Kanbara’.



Gabriel P. Weisberg quoted as this phenomenon also influenced the arts of literature, music, photography and film, soon there will be no corner of the world that has not been touched by Japonisme. Also it will continue to influence those areas as well into our own era, the 21st Century.



Art Republic, 2013. Contemporary Japonism: The Influence of Japan on Art. [ONLINE]  Available at: http://www.artrepublic.com/articles/443-contemporary-japonism-the-influence-of-japan-on-art.html/#sthash.6ff1Yr61.XL1UXRfG.dpuf . [Accessed 11 June 2016].

Weisberg, Gabriel P, 1975. Aspects of Japonisme. [PDF] Available at http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/ftp/downloads/36428_Introduction.pdf. [Accessed 7 June 2016].

Japonisme Today

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