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Interview: Japan’s Daisuke Ujuan Reinvents the Canvas

A genius breaks down his process

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The word art is a burned out catch-all phrase. There are certain situations that capture the essence of the term’s origins.

Japanese visual expressionist Daisuke Ujuan is the walking embodiment of art.

His paintings are an emotional joyride that force thought and enforce passion. As seen in the photo gallery, his pieces are gems.

After following his path for some time, Salute had the opportunity to speak to Ujuan from overseas.

His answers have been edited for clarity.

Salute: Your work is very expressive. What emotions do channel to generate your work?

DU: I think my emotions come from the universal experiences of suffering, alienation, confession and traditional religious subject matter, which are inspired me to create[the] artworks.

Salute: Your color selection feels very optimistic. Is that a reflection of your personality?

DU: Yes, I think so. The colors represent my mental condition as well.

Salute:  In 2010 you did a self portrait that really stuck with me. To me if felt like you were making a statement of rebirth or transformation. Is that accurate?

DU: Exactly! When I created this artwork, I wanted to change myself completely.

Salute: What is your routine?

DU: I create art, meditate and study English.

Salute: What does the rest of 2017 look like for you?

DU: I’m currently creating a new series of paintings called Memories. I will focus on creating this series for the rest of 2017. It’s so exciting!

Salute: Do you have plans to travel abroad to do international gallery showings?

DU: So far, I do not have any plans to [do international] exhibitions. Anyone can invite me to participate in an exhibition.

Salute: Do you work exclusively with oil?

DU: Yes. I also sketch a lot before I take the creation to a oil painting.

For more information on Daisuke Ujuan and Ujuan Art Studio visit www.daisuke-ujuan.com.

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