Infinite Views of Life



Infinite Views of Life, 2011
Acrylic on Canvas
30” x 40”


Advanced Painting course assignment. “Infinite Views of Life” is an attempt in the landscape-painting genre. The painting depicts a Japanese landscape teaming with everyday life with fantastical imagery. This painting mimics a style similar to Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Everything in life has a history, like Mt. Fuji being framed by a caricaturized rainbow (also a symbol of life). The Japanese cranes are also portrayed as doing normal, everyday things in comparison to mankind. The movement from the whirling cherry blossom petals suggests this vibrancy in life and the human activities that is occurring in the far distance. This image is a poignant depiction of a peaceful, undisturbed nature at its finest.






Woodblock made ca. 1930 exactly the same way a...

Woodblock made ca. 1930 exactly the same way as they were made by artisans ca. 1830. The skill and the care are the same. There is a drawing or a copy of it coming from the artist. Then the woodcutter and the printer take over. Their skill varies. Hokusai once wrote to one of his editors that he was not happy with one of the woodcutters. In the case of the new cuts of the 36 views of the Fuji, only experts can distinguish the many versions – mainly by differences of the frame around the script (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




A ukiyo-e print of Mount Fuji from Ogata Gekkō...

A ukiyo-e print of Mount Fuji from Ogata Gekkō’s Views of Mount Fuji. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





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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