The Parakeet and the Mermaid

Jiuguang Wang, 2016, based Henri Matisse original, c. 1952

Original work by Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, and charcoal on white paper. Currently on display at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

This work was created from a high resolution photograph the original. In Photoshop, panel lines are removed and the shapes are converted from raster to a vector format. In Illustrator, the shapes are rearranged to fit the new portrait format and as well as recolonized using well-known Matisse color palette, including the prominent Ultramarine Blue, (63, 0, 255).


Goshuin-cho (御朱印帳)

Jiuguang Wang, 2016

A shuin (朱印) is a seal stamp given to worshippers and visitors to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. The seal stamps are often collected in books called shuinchō (朱印帳) that are sold at shrines and temples. The stamps are different from commemorative stamps in that they are made by people who work at the temples: Buddhist monks, or Shinto kannushi. To create the shuin, the writer presses down one or more large stamps, and then uses black ink to write, in his distinctive calligraphy, the name of the temple, the day of the visit, and other messages on and around the stamped portions.

This poster was created from the author's 2015 trip to Japan, where shuin were obtained from 38 temples across the country over three weeks. The shuin were collected in two books and scanned, then color corrected and aligned to create a 6x6 poster, removing two.