Japanese artist recreates iconic Renaissance paintings with unique combination of anime and pop art styles
There are many historical paintings from around the world that all of us recognize, such as Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. So what would these iconic paintings look like if they were created by a Japanese artist? We will never know the answer to that, but we can admire the works of a talented artist from Japan who has recreated some very famous religious works from the Renaissance and turned them into some very cool and modern anime and pop art style paintings.
Hiroshi Mori is a successful Japanese artist most well-known for humorously depicting historical figures as anime characters. For his latest series, Hiroshi took iconic religious paintings from the Renaissance and recreated them in his own style, by combining pop and anime influences. The finished paintings not only show Hiroshi's immense talent as an artist, but bring out a touch of humor to what otherwise are very serious pieces of art.
According to Hiroshi, he has no interest in becoming a professional animator or cartoon artist. Nor is he interested in mastering realistic paintings. "Maybe what I want to become is someone who stands in the gray zone, who is able to make small fun of people from both aspects," he says. "Such thought is quite similar to the urge of adding thick eyebrows to politicians' posters often seen on my way back home from school when I was young." (Drawing on campaign posters in Japan is a crime.) Hiroshi obviously likes to have some fun, and from the looks of his work, he takes having fun very seriously.
You can check out his other paintings on his website at http://www.hiroshi-mori.com.
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