Hokusai Manga – reimagined for Dragonfish Cafe


Fish Chopper - (after Hokusai)

Fish Chopper – (after Hokusai)

For the sushi bar section of the Dragonfish Cafe project, I’ve assembled a suite of 5 sketches from ‘Hokusai Manga’. Working from tiny, fuzzed out prints, I redrew these figures on my iPad Pro, allowing me to get the resolution that I needed for the large final reproduction size. These will be printed on fabric and hung noren style along the walls of the dining niche.

Bowl Stirrer - (after Hokusai)

Bowl Stirrer – (after Hokusai)

All the images suite (3 shown here), depict plump figures involved in various activities, mostly relating to food preparation.

Hokusai tub swisher - (sml)

Tub Dying – (after Hokusai)

I’m a bit stumped on this last one, it might show someone dying some cloth, I’m really not exactly sure. The source book, ‘Hokusai Manga’, pays homage to the influence that it had on the French impressionist painters who took a great interest in the lively and often playful sketches that fill it. According to the tale a Parisian printer, Felix Braquemond, came across some pages from the book used as crumpled up packing material in a shipment of Asian porcelain. After seeing them, he sought out the source and then promoted it to his artist friends and the public.

Hokusai Manga - page detail

Hokusai Manga – page detail


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One Response to Hokusai Manga – reimagined for Dragonfish Cafe

  1. stuart williamson says:

    Fantastic japaneese igure drawings – something I have never seen before. They provide a wonderful insight into the workaday life of common folk, as contrasted to the highly stylized depictions of Geisha women, or court rituals. They are also a testimonial to the remarkable strength and fitness of common laborers in a time before machines could lift,,haul or hoist heavy loads. I was fascinated by the figures in the upper right corner with the high head dresses – sort of Mayan or Roman warriors.

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