The praised Japanese graphic artist, Shohei Otomo, son of Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary manga artist and creator of the cult classic animated film Akira, depicts the the mystical Seven Legendary Swords of the contemporary battle field in his latest print edition entitled “The Seven Legendary Swords.”
Initially created for the Hong Kong exhibition of “Reiwa” which includes a series of work that reflects Japan’s cultural transformation during the Heisei era (1989 – 2019). The exhibition delineates the country’s progression during the three-decades, from a state of economic tribulation to one of technological development, characterized.
The Seven Legendary Swords consist of a set of seven prints measuring 5.8 by 16.5 inches that are created in a Noir fashion, made up of Black and white contrats using archival ink, on archival Hahnemühle Bamboo canvases. Each print features a meticulously-detailed illustration of the seven weapons, including the butterfly knife, crowbar, bokken, bat, golf-club, hammer and sushi knife.
His highly intricate artwork is instantly recognizable due to his use of an uncommon medium: a ballpoint pen, accompanied with the fusion of Japanese and western cultural iconography that are heavy with symbolism, helping him blur the worlds of art, illustration, anime and cyber-punk while simultaneously personifying the realness of the Japanese society.
The seven prints within “The Seven Legendary Swords” artwork are currently available for purschase on the SHDW. gallery’s website, with each print priced at ¥26,518.38 ($250 USD).