Modern Samurai: Hide Kawabata
I always create my art like a Samurai in the heat of an intense battle, communicating my passion with energy, through extremely hot magma, somewhat like an erupting volcano.
Fire Dragon was painted to depict a mind of flames, of anger, to burn out all evil fueled by my vast array of emotions. It illustrates a vigorous cluster of vital energy, reminiscent of an intense blazing fire. Unlike what I do in my other works, Fire Dragon was done without putting much thought into the colors or compositions or the balance of the painting.
Fire Dragon, oil on canvas, 125 x 90 cm
Moonlight Sea depicts the magnificent night sea, full of mysterious lives and illuminated by the moonlight. Countless planktons express the joy of life in the painting. The deep-sea fishes bring the piece to life, leaving one reflecting on their own existence.
Moonlight Sea, oil on canvas, 91 x 65 cm
Buddha depicts a vicious and imposing figure, attaining enlightenment in ascetic practices beyond description – like a mummy, skin and bones are visible, as if being without food, drink or sleep for days, with veins projecting form his forehead.
Buddha, acrylic and watercolor, 73 x 103 cm
Two Buddhas is all encompassing, depicting the soul of the savior and the saved, good and evil, a saint and sinner, all elements within mortal man.
Two Buddhas, oil on canvas, 125 x 90 cm
In each piece of work, the dominant color red is the color of human blood. I painted them as if to grind my flesh and bones and soul to make a fusion against the canvas.
Red Moon & Black Sea, oil on canvas, 73 x 61 cm