This unusual and colourful Japanese silkscreen print is a modern interpretation of one of Japan’s most famous, ago old religious festivals or ‘Matsuri’ that takes place in Kyoto each July.
Honouring the theme of purity and well being, the Gion Matsuri takes the form of a procession of some thirty elaborately decorated floats through the streets of Kyoto. The two-storey floats, adorned with silks, textiles, sculptures, paintings and tapestries, roll slowly forwards on huge wooden wheels, pulled along by pageant participants in ancient costumes. Under the floats’ ornate, lacquered roofs, musicians play flutes and drums while good luck favours are tossed to crowds of onlookers.
The Gion I and Gion II silkscreen prints depict and overlay this annual, historic event with striking, modern aesthetics. Simple black silhouettes of floats and participants parade in lines against graphic flashes of bright, rainbow colour. A perfect example of destination-inspired design given a modern flourish.
Both prints are supplied with simple black box frames, stamped on the reverse by the maker, Shogun Designs, measuring 52cm x 52cm x 4.5cm projection.