'Guardians of the Sea' by Dragon 76, 2021
18 x 24 Inches
Giclée print on 300gsm French Cold Press Watercolor art paper.
Limited Edition of 50 (#19/50)
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Includes original publisher (Pangeaseed.org) COA.
"The ocean and marine life are at a tipping point, and coexistence with nature is a universal and everlasting challenge for humanity to restore a thriving environment. I hope this picture will leave an impression on viewers, allowing them to think about what actions we all can and should take and those we should give up for a chance to restore such an environment. I will be happy if my artwork can inspire people to consider their personal environmental impact."
Japanese artist Dragon76 is an immensely successful painter specializing in large-scale live painting at galleries, music events, and alternative spaces worldwide. He simultaneously studied oil painting at Osaka College of Art and graffiti outside the education system. Born in Shiga and based in New York City, his work frequently appears in all manner of publications, on record sleeves, clothes ranges, and in advertising campaigns.
Dragon's intricate and complex style is rooted in a combination of Graffiti, Manga, and Ukiyo-e. Landscapes and figures defined by black shadow, mimicking traditional block printing, are superimposed upon textured layers of vibrant color. Working fast, Dragon76 paints with acrylic and marker pen as well as using stenciling techniques. Watching his process, which he often exposes by painting in front of an audience, allows full appreciation of his skill level and vision.
Particularly inspired by themes of co-existence, Dragon76 aims to spread a contemporary message of peace, harmony, and revolution, exemplified by his participation in mural projects at refugee and peace camps.
Be it music, dance, bathing in sunshine, or marching against injustice, his talent lies in capturing energy that conveys action. Dragon76 creates stunning works that feel as well as look wonderful.