Eccentricity: The Realm Between the Normal and the Crazy

For the past several years I have toyed withutopian/dystopian settings, fictitious characters that is beyond understanding,numerous bold colors, and the manga-inspired aesthetic in my works of art. Inever thought of how to describe my creations until people started asking me.What do I say and what do you think (

This is what I end up scrounging for in my head: “It isneither representational nor abstract nor non-objective…” In an effort to notsound like I don’t know what I’m doing, I push my academic research further. Ioften spend time reviewing millions of books on color theory, Japanese arthistory, manga, other artists’ works, and art-related online content. Inbetween full time day job and school, I paint to hone my techniques.Ultimately, I end up with something absolute that is brought to life from myvery own mind. It is already understood that I am still an art student tryingto make a name for him and discover who I really am as an artist. It isn’tuntil recently I have discovered a much clearer way to describe my work:eccentric.
Another sold work where I combined landscape and studied where the eye should move along the plane. I added a slight sense of humor with the cranes dancing and flying in the air. Unrealistic rainbows frame Mt. Fuji.
In Japanese art history beyond the 17th centuryto today, the art become more commonly “eccentric.” Many of these onlinesources derive information from literary works of a great art historian by thename of Nobuo Tsuji. He wrote two books: “The Lineage of Eccentricity” and “TheCategories of Eccentricity.” This concept of “eccentricity” inspired manyartists such as Takashi Murakami (one of my favorite artists). These booksdescribed certain artists like Ito Jakuchu, Katsushika Hokusai, and KanoSensetsu (all of which are very important to Japanese art history). Beingclassified as “eccentric” basically means to utilize techniques that are notorthodox or “Westernized” (from the Japanese perspective).
Murakami talks about the presence of a single planarity in his “Superflat” essay and the movement of where the viewer’s eyes go.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about “eccentricity”
I’ve never been so confident about my figure drawing skills,yet I am confident with other aspects like color theory and aesthetics/design.Takashi Murakami founded his “Superflat” art movement based off of this information.I am not trying to follow that movement, but instead trying to develop my ownby the time I get my Masters in Fine Arts. Though the similarities are present,I plan to survey more connections between Western and Eastern attitudes. So forthe next person that asks me what type of art I create, I tell them“eccentric.” In the future I will develop more on this idea and post them alongthe way.
People have told me that this reminds them of the Japanese version of Mona Lisa.



About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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