BIJINGA (beauties)

Portraits of beautiful women were very popular in Japan during the Edo period. Even though these portraits often depicted women existing in real life, it was not considered important that the facial features resembled the model. Bijinga were mainly produced as woodblock prints, and due to their very affordable price, collecting them soon became all the rage.

 

 

GRAPHIC ART

Patterns and shapes can make for beautiful art. Anna Maia uses well-known imagery such as traditional wooden kokeshi dolls and tetsubin (iron kettles), and playfully arranges them in a way that pleases both mind and eye.

JAPANESE MYTH  & LEGEND

Kitsune (foxes) and other animals, heroes, heroines, gods and spirits all inhabit a vast and complex treasury of fantastical Japanese stories. For thousands of years, these tales have been passed down generations, weaving a beautiful brocade for us to cherish and experience.

NEKO (cats)

These intelligent animals hold a special place in Japanese culture. From the Maneki-neko (beckoning cat) figurines bringing fortune, so familiar from Japanese store windows, to fearsome apparitions and demons. Most of all, Japanese cats are understanding and furry friends.

MAKURA-E (erotic)

Erotic art comes in endless variations. From the subtle, romantic or poetic to the intense, explicit and sweaty. At the Two Cranes Gallery, we make no separation between erotic and other art. Just like there should be no idea of shame and sin when it comes to our sexuality and sexual identity.

Intelligence and depth make it so much more arousing!

36 views of Mt. Fuji

IREZUMI (Japanese traditional tattoos)

Senju has vast experience with irezumi, both as a horishi ( a creator of Japanese tattoos) and as an artist. In irezumi, the treasures of Japanese culture and history come together and form individual living museums.

As a horishi, it is as important to know how to draw, paint and tattoo as it is to have great knowledge regarding the imagery and tradition used. Without this insight and respect for culture, it is not irezumi but simple cultural appropriation.

Dragons, tigers, heroes, heroines, buddhism, shinto, kabuki and Noh theatre are but a few of the isnpirational sources that makes up the strong foundation of this marvelous craft.

INU (dogs)

YUUREI (ghosts)

BAMBOO PAPER EDITION

Printed on sustainable natural white paper made of bamboo fibres, this edition beautifully reproduces the sensuality of the paintings of Senju.

Attractively priced and only 20 copies made of each size.

 

 

to show a watercolour painting by Swedish female artist Anna Sandberg. The painting depicts the vengeful ghost of a murdered woman.