'Nostalgia Alley' Original Painting
I am regularly inspired by the Instagram feeds that I follow – as I don’t live in Japan, it forms a source from which I can draw and paint, in addition to my own archive of images taken on trips there. This piece was drawn from a post from the feed of @combat08 (with his kind permission) who often catches a specifically Japanese scene, and not just the traditionally pretty kind. For me Japan is not just about the achingly beautiful traditional scenery or hyper modern neon cityscape. A wander about (sometimes just one street away from a main thoroughfare) will reveal many hidden alleyways and small arcades where the tiniest of businesses are surviving. Decaying signage, bicycles, buckets, brooms and plants often make an appearance. Not only a visual experience, these scenes surround you with the sounds of everyday life – distant voices, the calls of crows, clinking cutlery and glasses, electronic noises and music.
This alleyway in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture contains several nostalgic looking drinking establishments, and at the corner, a karaoke bar.
Large original watercolour and ink illustration on Saunders Waterford archival watercolour paper.
Titled, dated and signed in pencil on the reverse, with 'nakamura' [中村] stamp in red pigment ink.
Paper & Image size: approximately 380 x 380 mm or 15 x 15 inches.