Tale of Genji

This image by 17th c. Tosa Mitsuoki featuring the 11th c. writer of the Tale of Genji, ‘appeared’ out of the blue in my suimonga creation above.

Dead Zen masters

I create talismanic art, cards, and sigils. The style is calligraphic and photographic.

The source of inspiration is dead Zen masters, though, on occasion, I bow to contemporary artists.

For instance, when Yamamoto Masao appeared in my dream and gave me instructions, it led to the creation of the exclusive Tarot Interdit.

Arcades Tarot followed right after it, the idea for it being to accompany my forthcoming book on the topic of deconstructed cards, where I basically look at how to read a visual text according to what we see, not according to what we know, especially when this seeing is predicated on clarity rather than cliché.

Generally in my creations I’m not interested in just hitting a nerve. I’m interested in hitting the nerve that’s open to deconstructions, particularly those of the self.

Due to my interest in divination, I draw on necromancy and bibliomancy. As they say, ‘a dead man always speaks the truth’.

For calligraphy, the medium I use is ink in the Chinese and Japanese tradition. I experiment with traditional marbling, or ‘suminangashi,’ but prefer the variant called ‘suimonga’ the invention of rocket scientist Kuroda Takaji.

For photography, I’m interested in mixed media, digital meets the darkroom.

Once upon a time I did oil paintings that now hang in the houses of art collectors

Some of my art has decidedly magical applications as well, often in the forms of sigils.

Contact me if you wish to inquire more, or commission any of these art forms, ink, calligraphy, prints, sigils.

Enjoy a few sample images below.