OKAZU started his career as a Sumi-e painter since 2013. Despite the fact that his career is not long enough, his works were featured by many civic events and he also offered his sumi-e works to Japanese animation “Garo.”
WHY DID YOU START SUMI-E PAINTING?
When I first started my art, my painting style was not Sumi-e, it was watercolors and oil paintings. When I tried “Sumi-e”, it was very active and quick and it just fascinated me. Since then I have been doing Sumi-e painting.
WHAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE REGARDING YOUR WORKS?
My preference is Black and White. And I don’t make matte. Also I never modify my paintings. My paintings are always painted through my hand and my memory.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPRESS THROUGH YOUR WORKS?
I believe that whether beings or non-living objects, everything has some kinds of energy. I would like to express them and translate them through my paintings.
WHAT’S YOUR NEXT GOAL OR DREAM AS A JAPANESE CREATOR?
I would like more people to know about Sumi-e, that Japan improved it on its own Japanese ways.
And also I would like to improve the history of Japanese paintings that our great ancestors has created.
Thank you Okazu for that wonderful interview. For more sumi-e paintings from Okazu, you can see them here.
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