Stunning and Vivid Illustrations of Mythological Creatures by Rlon Wang
Shenzhen, China-based artist Rlon Wang composes stunning, high-energy illustrations, which showcase the beauty of East Asian folklore and art. By inserting a myriad of mythological creatures and symbols in one image, Wang saturates each piece with a burst of color and intricacy. Following the traditional style found in Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, the artist composes highly emotive and exotic images, which overflow with imagery of nature and myth. Depicting a different animal in each piece, Wang’s meticulous attention to detail and color complement the wild and mystical quality nourished by East Asian art, literature and tradition. The hues within the composition complement the vibrancy and vitality of the busy pieces, which demand to be observed piece by piece. Although contemporary art follows a simple style, Wang’s designs are deemed beautiful because they contradict the dynamic of minimalism by imposing the beauty found within highly elaborate pieces. There is nothing dainty or delicate about Wang’s work. It is sheer power.
Details: The different designs represent water and the summer season. She is dressed in a casual yukata summer kimono, with motifs of swirling whirlpools, “Genjiguruma” (water wheels) and blooming “Ayame” (Iris flowers) and “Ren” (Lotus flowers), which are all found near rivers and swamps.
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861), Japanese woodblock print; ‘Gama Sennin Instructing Yoshikado and Takiyasha’ (1845)
Gama Sennin (the Toad Immortal) instructing the young Taira no Yoshikado and his sister, Princess Takiyasha, in toad magic. Gama Sennin sits in front of an enormous toad forming the opening to a rocky cave, the rocks below and above all shaped like toads with glowing yellow eyes.
The spirit conjures up a beautiful young woman on his breath, which shoots across the scene in a stream of white mist, the beauty floating in the air at let. Below, Yoshikado and his sister watch with keen interest, a scroll with magic spells on it spread across the ground. The Japanese legend of Gama Sennin is based on a 10th century Chinese alchemist and immortal named Liu Hai.
I discovered this beautiful triptych of the famous undefeated and greatest warrior of the sengoku era, Honda Tadakatsu! The soft colors and the dignity of his pose as he takes a moment to pause before another battle rages…it’s beautiful!