12" x 12"
Monoprint (Gold, Dark Brown, Hand-painted Watercolor)
Edition of 3
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Using ProCreate on the iPad I was able to draw Rza from composite photos, and create a background pattern inspired by Japanese prints (referring back to Shaolin culture and Kung Fu movies that inspired the Wu Tang Clan).
I created a black and white portrait of Rza, and isolate the background pattern in gold. In some ways this approach was partially inspired by the work of Kehinde Wiley as well as those 19th century Japanese print makers.
Once in the studio, I painted the skin tones of Rza with watercolor inks on the screen, and created a small series of 3 monoprints.