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New Release:
'RAN' by João Ruas and Thomas Danthony

Sun, Aug 06, 17 / James BDP

We’re delighted to release brand new work from João Ruas and Thomas Danthony celebrating Akira Kurosawa’s epic cinematic masterpiece ‘RAN’. We are very thankful to Kadokawa and StudioCanal for their cooperation on this project. 

The release consists of two very limited movie posters and a timed edition art print by João Ruas and three very exciting stencil originals by Thomas Danthony. These are on sale now from our shop

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'RAN' by  João Ruas

For 'RAN' João Ruas has created three different images, one for each of Hidetora's sons: Jiro, Taro and Saburo; and each identifiable by their iconic banner colours. In Japanese culture red traditionally symbolises violence, yellow is said to signify courage and blue represents calmness and purity. We like to think that João's posters echo these symbolic correlations as 'Taro' celebrates the warrior figure,  'Jiro' can be seen facing the long journey ahead, and 'Saburo' is a stripped down image, leaving out all elements extraneous to the art. Check them out:

 

JIRO by João Ruas
24 x 36 inch hand-pulled screen print
300gsm Somerset Satin paper
Hand Numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Limited Edition of 60
£120 (inc. shipping)

 

TARO by João Ruas
27 x 36 inch hand-pulled screen print
300gsm Somerset Satin paper
Hand Numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Limited Edition of 40
£150 (inc. shipping)

 

SABURO by João Ruas
24 x 36 inch hand-pulled screen print
300gsm Somerset Satin paper
Hand Numbered. Gallery stamp on the reverse
Printed by White Duck Editions
Timed Edition*
One random order will include an original Samurai drawing by João Ruas
£75

The final edition number will be the number of prints sold between Friday August 11th at 3pm BST and Monday August 14th at the same time, plus a small handful we will keep for special events. These prints will ship some time in September. 

 

'Katana' by Thomas Danthony

'Katana' is yet another masterclass in minimalism from Thomas Danthony. Simple at first glance but complex in execution, Thomas Danthony has created these pieces using a technique developed by himself that consists of applying gouache using various brush techniques and stencils, the latter of which only survive two or three applications as they degrade after each use. Three very lucky people will get to admire the results at close quarters. It is a tired cliché but you really have to see these up close to appreciate the craft. 

KATANA by Thomas Danthony
21 x 30 cm (approx)
Gouache on archival paper*
Signed and numbered by the artist
Edition of 3
£475 (inc. shipping)

 

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