How Passion is spent, what love reveals and Japanese silk.

Interesting blog post on Japanese art and Ito Jakuchu!


moving in time

Jakuchu Ito (1716 – 1800 ) completed thirty stunning and accomplished paintings on silk that make up the collection the ‘Colorful Realm of Living Beings’. This virtuoso achievement was a lifetime passion, one that was as much dedicated to the spiritual aspect of such a vocation as it was to the artistic. This is the embodiment of how art works when it works best for me. I have been reading Aldous Huxley’s ‘Doors of Perception’ which illuminates the experience of attempting to imitate the visionaries view of human life, or an artist’s view of how he perceives the world. It explains how the brain can trick itself into similar states by ingesting mescalin, an hallucinogenic synthesized drug comparable to peyote. After having read a more modern volume by three scientists, ‘The General Theory of Love’, I can begin to surmise how the brain chemistry affects how an artist paints to…

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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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  1. Glad you liked my post on Ito. I will be exploring yours!! So much to see, so much to discover. Happy new year to you.

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