"The first artwork for my second series "A Night in Japan". The drawing was created using Copic markers and coloured pencil. The artwork depicts a young woman in Tokyo taking a break from work at the restaurant behind her. She is watching a young
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Erin Nicholls
Watching by Erin Nicholls. Marker and Pencil Drawing. Framed.

2018

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"The first artwork for my second series "A Night in Japan". The drawing was created using Copic markers and coloured pencil. The artwork depicts a young woman in Tokyo taking a break from work at the restaurant behind her. She is watching a young man who is walking up the street. A chef from the restaurant is also outside. He is watching her watching the young man. The line of the windowsill helps draw the eye from the female figure to the 2 men. I used coloured pencil instead of marker for the figure's skin to give it a more realistic look. This series continues from my first, 'A Year in Japan', yet focuses on a single night in Tokyo. There is no longer a 'lone man', instead, a variety of people are shown, each going about their lives on this one night which binds them together. My influence for this series is drawn from the film Blade Runner, a film loved for it's dystopian, 'Neo Tokyo' nighttime scenes. As with my first series, I am attempting to convey the Japanese phrase 物の哀れ 'mono no aware' - the gentle sadness of things. This refers to the ephemeral, transitory nature of the world, which in turn evokes a greater appreciation for things which are quick to disappear, such as cherry blossoms. The scenes I portray are fleeting moments in time, where the figures, objects and light will only be in that exact state for a moment, never to be repeated. Furthering this concept, this series depicts scenes from a single night in Tokyo, highlighting the ephemeral quality of time. The style I used was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation and traditional Japanese woodblock prints." Erin Nicholls is an emerging artist from Queensland in Australia. A rising star, she has been a finalist in the Bluethumb Art Prize for 2 years running.

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  • Dimensions

    H 18.51 in. x W 28.35 in. x D 0.4 in.

    H 47 cm x W 72 cm x D 1 cm

  • Gallery location
    Melbourne, AU
  • Reference number
    LU98713133653

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