Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon



Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon, 2011




Acrylic, Pen, and Glitter on Canvas




30” x 40.5”


“Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon” comes from the same phrase in a Japanese proverb meaning that the beauty of nature makes an important learning process to one’s self. This painting talks about that beauty and its inevitable end. The woman is no specific person and does not exist in reality. The depiction of this woman was greatly inspired by bijinga prints (literally “beautiful person picture”), many done by Kitagawa Utamaro. The contrasting, brightly chromatic nature scenes behind the woman reflect this natural beauty as she wipes the make up off of her face. She is abandoning the often- accepted way of being beautiful and has succumbed to the natural aesthetics of the world we were placed in. As with anything, beauty does fade but nature is almost infinite (represented and suggested by the drips in the black voids). In the end, the painting may suggest that she will experience a metamorphosis from her previous self to the more enlightened self.


The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda).

The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


"Three known beauties (寛政三美人)", ukiy...

“Three known beauties (寛政三美人)”, ukiyo-e by Utamaro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Kitagawa Utamaro Ôban yoko-e

Kitagawa Utamaro Ôban yoko-e (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ase o fuku onna (Woman wiping sweat). Print sh...

Ase o fuku onna (Woman wiping sweat). Print shows a head-and-shoulders portrait of a young woman wiping her face (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 www.julianpena.com! 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.


  1. I like your daring color choices. The waves look great!

  2. Pingback: La Gioconda by Julian Peña « Reply2Julian

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