The Great Wave off Kanagawa

One of my favourite works to re-interpret is The Great Wave, after Hokusai. I’ve just started work on a new commission of this wonderful image. 

I’ve made two  previous versions of this picture (below). The third will be different again, depending on what materials I can find in my many boxes of ‘stuff’.

The work on the left (2015) includes a double-headed sea monster (royal blue) within the main wave, and alien-like dolls heads representing the Japanese fishermen in the foreground boat. This still makes me smile!

The work on the right (2017) contains many symbols of impending doom: skulls, grasping hands and an unfortunate man being eaten by a great white shark.

So now to version 3 – and the search is now on for little characters and doll’s heads for the boats…

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