Author Archives: Japanese Gallery

Meet us at Japan Expo Paris in July 2019

For the first time ever at Japan Expo Paris, Japanese Gallery Kensington will present a collection of Original Japanese Animation Cels in exclusivity at our stand (Hall 5A, D149). These ‘Cel-ga’(celluloids) are original hand-produced items that come from anime companies and were used in the production of the shows. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a piece of your favourite anime, including some rare items from Studio Ghibli, Dragon Ball, Hunter x Hunter and others. We can guarantee the authenticity of all items purchased, as they are sourced directly in Japan either from the production studios themselves or certified dealers.

Kuniyoshi Utagawa – Master of Japanese Tattoos

Many would recognise Kuniyoshi as one of the most iconic Japanese woodblock print artists, yet he is also credited with influencing another visual art form, that of traditional tattoo designs. These are still a source of inspiration and are followed with precision by tattooists practising Japanese style tattoos worldwide. In this article, we look at how Kuniyoshi depicted the heroes of his time in woodblock prints and how he skilfully integrated tattoos in designs that still carry a meaningful message.

New Exhibition: Music in Ukiyo-e, April-June 2019

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer an insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

Rockstar Ukiyo-e

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of contemporary woodblock prints that combine elements from 19th century ukiyo-e and set them in present times. David Bowie, KISS and Iron Maiden are reimagined as Japanese heroes of the day and rendered in dynamic and colourful designs that echo artists such as Kuniyoshi Utagawa and Yoshitoshi Tsukioka.  From […]