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San Francisco-based artist Ferris Plock is well known for his paintings which include cartoons and reference pop culture. He barrows from the ancient style of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks, but because of his incorporation of popular culture, his work has a unique contemporary quality that makes it relevant today. Plock uses a wide variety of mediums including gold leaf and India ink to create his highly detailed paintings. Hi-Fructose featured Plock in Volume 08. See his humorous sketches and read the interview about his sketchbook and creative process here:
Hi-Fructose, are you kidding? On what planet is ukiyo-e “ancient”? Ukiyo-e prints began being made in the 17th century, and were still produced large scale into the 20th century. You could only call ukiyo-e “ancient” if you would say the same of a Rembrandt print.
How does one “barrow” something? Poor typos aside, I think we’ve addressed the Myth of “Ancient” on this blog before, although I believe the previous post was in regards to China’s dynasties. For the record, let it be known that Edo Japan (the time of the Ukiyo-e print, is not only not ancient, it is consistent with the time period that say, King James to Queen Victoria covers.
If this is ancient, I’ll eat my hat:
Here’s a quick guide for “Ancient” verus “Not Ancient at all, actually.”
This is from the Jomon period of Japan, i.e. the year 2000 BCE, that is Before Common Era.
This, on the other hand, is View of Mount Fuji from Harajuku, part of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō series, by Hiroshige, and is from the year 1850 CE, that is “Common Era”, and not Ancient:
For comparison, The Romantics were roughly popular in Europe from 1800-1850, The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began in 1848, Realism gained in the 1840’s.
Ukiyo-e is ancient if you believe Millais is ancient.
Christ in the House of his Parents, 1849-1850 CE.
This idea that something is “ancient” simply because it doesn’t follow Western European standards of Art evolution or developments is very dangerous and misleading. They cannot be compared by the same standards.