Magma has asked award-winning Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa
to produce a series of prints on the subject of ‘Cities In Seasons’.
With his precise, simple yet textured illustrations, Ryo Takemasa is the heir of a rich tradition of Japanese illustration, from Ryohei Yanagihara onwards.
A keen traveler, and with a touch of Tintin about his work, he has a unique ability for conjuring a sense of place: not just place, but the sense of a certain place at a certain time.
With these prints it is almost as if the viewer could feel the temperature, the humidity in the air, the smells and the noises (and the occasional silences) in the streets of those cities — a Routemaster looms large as it glides alongside a London park in the Summer, New Yorkers live anonymously inside the bubbles of their cars in the darkening Manhattan winter, the red autumn sun sets over Tokyo.
These prints are a rare opportunity for enjoying on paper the work of this young master whose illustrations are rarely seen outside Japan (or the web).