Modern Manga Masters Pay Homage to Japanese Master

Work by Kotobuki Shiriagari inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.’ Photo: The Japan Foundation

BANGKOK — Contemporary Japanese comics will pay homage to Japanese painting masters at an exhibition Bangkok exploring their links.

Seven artists will highlight the importance of the manga which brought Japanese culture to world fame at Manga Hokusai Manga, where they will introduce works inspired by Katsushika Hokusai, an influential Japanese artist from the Edo period, such as his woodblock print, “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.”

The seven manga artists are Kotobuki Shiriagari, Yuichi Yokoyama, Daisuke Igarashi, Tetuzoh Okadaya, Daisuke Nishijima, Haruko Ichikawa and Machiko Kyo.

Admission is free. The traveling event will be show Aug. 17 through Sept. 22 at G23, an art gallery at Srinakharinwirot University reachable from MRT Phetchaburi. It will then move to Art Bridge in Chiang Rai province and the PSU Art Gallery at Prince of Songkla University in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district.

Hokusai was a master painter and printmaker. He is regarded by many as the source of today’s manga art movement. Hundreds of his prints in the late 1700s and early 1800s influenced Western artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and James Whistler.