When did you start art and painting? How did you come to this?
I started art since I was a kid and from early childhood. At school I had an art class, but besides that in a park, I was playing in the sand area and thinking about magnificent images., I was playing by making a castle with a waterway and I think that is also art. I also did painting for the first time in the art class. The picture that I drew with a lot of effort, I remember the teacher trew it away when I playfully drew it. I’m sure it’s a great work if you would look at it now. I came across oil painting when I was 17 years old. Then I started to take the entrance exam for art university. I used to like drawing freely and loved art till now, but I hated to do art by going to school and taking exams. I was drawing that way for the first time and I had to do pictures with motifs I didn’t wanted to draw. Then my mind became sick and I withdrew from life, so the never-ending story of drugs and alcohol in vicious circles began. And that kind of life lasted for a long time. Finally by starting nursing care work, my values of living changed and drawing every day during work breaks has turned into the joy of drawing. The quality of the paintings improved every day and I have come across a work that I am confident to post on Instagram. And this is who I am now.
Your motifs are heads or skulls, the name “Skull Art Taka” says it all. Why did you choose these motifs? What do you find fascinating about it? There are a lot of emotions in your pictures. The darkness in people. But you show it in a way that one is intrigued. We all have it in us and we have to process it and to deal with it.
The starting reason for the skull motifs is that I was originally a punk rocker. I grew up with all kinds of hardcore music from overseas. So rock, punk rock, heavy metal or rap. And I still like to listen to the music and follow the development. And there were also these jackets and covers of the CDs, which often had great skulls as motifs 💀. When I was a middle school student in Japan, an American friend sent me lots of skull t-shirts from the United States. Since I was a child, the skull has always been a symbol of kindness to me. I then just designed a picture of the skull myself instead of buying a CD or jacket or t-shirt. I had imagined it and designed it myself, but I was still a punk rocker at the time.
However, as I continued to draw, I encountered myself as a painter, changed my way of expression and found my style of painting which only I could draw. Everyone is sick, especially the people who think that they are not sick. And often if that is the case, then it is sad and they are poor people who have no heart, who think and feel like robots and who have no affection for people. But I am a reflected person and as an artist I can unconsciously express my darkness in my work. And in the end, the punk rocker in me always struggled and was stronger! But still, as a punk rocker, I always felt enormous anger at the world, at others and also at myself.
“I am aiming to create a picture of a new world view every day.”
Artist: TAKANORI – SKULL ART TAKA