"Getting Ready" is a new series of work that I have just started. When I was a kid the only artwork that we had in our house were original woodblock prints from Uchida Publishing that my dad bought while in Japan in the 50’s during the Korean War. My dad for some very cool reason bought a bunch of them and they hung all over the house. I remember as a child my dad telling me that Japan looked exactly like our prints when he was there and that is why he bought so many of the iconic images. I loved growing up with the prints and have some of them today in our own home.
This new suite of work has been inspired by Mary Cassatt through her wonderful print, “The Coiffure”. Her piece depicts a woman in a private moment, as she pins her hair. Cassatt was influenced by a woodblock print by ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kunisada that she saw in an exhibition and in response made her master print. I absolutely love the work from these artists and who can deny the influence that this work has had on modern art and illustration?
In my fantasy pictures I am imagining what it might look like to see a “Coiffure” scene during some of my favorite time periods in art and history.
All images | Richard Downs © 2014