Dragon 76 returns to Vertigo with live eclipse art demonstration
Japanese public and street artist Dragon 76 returns to the stage at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge this weekend for a special eclipse-inspired arts event.
Based in Tokyo, Dragon 76 specialises in large-scale live painting in galleries, venues and unusual spaces, famous for his live painting work infused with New York-style graffiti, classic manga and seventeenth century wood block ukiyo-e.
As such, it manages to combine Generation-Y progressive modernism with older, classical restraint and discipline, and has won the artist fame and credit from both establishment and avant garde critics, particularly in Japan and on the West Coast of America.
In recent years he has found his work embraced by a surprising diversity of major clients, with commissions coming from Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi, Cricket Australia, Carlsberg beer, the Bob Marley Foundation, GQ magazine and numerous RnB and rap artists. He has also recently been working with the renowned TOMMY clothing brand. Dragon 76, in true street style, is always ready to produce art free of charge for community benefit. He has several times produced powerful murals on the walls of refugee camps, at peace protest sites, and at other points of mass political expression.
He first brought his unique art experience to Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge last year, painting for a fundraiser to help those affected by the earthquakes in Japan.
This Saturday and Sunday, he again returns to the Vertigo stage, this time with a new work inspired by next week's total solar eclipse.
Dragon 76 is a man driven by thoughts of harmony and peaceful co-existence.
As such the majesty and metaphors which readily spring to mind when contemplating the enormity of a full solar eclipse provide a rich source of inspiration the artist.
The opportunity to see a painter of his reputation working live is a rare thing.
Like the eclipse itself, it's an experience not to be missed.
Speaking through a translator, Dragon 76 says that while he has some ideas in mind, the pieces will create themselves as he paints.
"Like the last live show, I have a theme, but I never have the detail of the pieces beforehand," he says.
"My style is to get some inspiration at the time and improvise the pieces, so we don't really have specific ideas.
"Even if we have ideas, they change during the live performance. So I have no idea how it will turn out until the completion."
Dragon 76 paints live on the Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge stage on Saturday Sunday from 4pm-8pm. This is a free art demonstration.
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Live and in effect: Japanese street artist Dragon 76.