Iconic David Bowie Portraits Transformed Into Ukiyo-e Artworks

A collaborative project with Bowie’s original photographers, Brian Duffy and Terry O’Neil.

By //Arts

Japanese art collective Ukiyo-e Project teamed up with celebrated photographers, Brian Duffy and Terry O’Neil, on two limited-edition woodblock prints that pay homage to the late David Bowie. From the classical dance-drama of Kabuki to Japanese fashion when he collaborated with Kansai Yamamoto on multiple projects, Bowie had a profound interest in Japanese culture as per designboom.

Duffy’s legendary Bowie portrait from the 1973 Aladdin Sane album cover is reinterpreted for one of the prints, portraying Ziggy Stardust as a Japanese sorcerer from the Kamakura period. On the other hand, O’Neil’s capture of the English musician to promote the 1974 Diamond Dogs album inspires the second iteration that shows Bowie as an Edo Period magician named Takezawa Toji. Both works are illustrated by Ukiyo-e artist Masumi Ishikawa and will be displayed at an upcoming exhibition at BOOKMARC Tokyo in Japan.

A limited number of prints will be available for purchase on Ukiyo-e’s website when the exhibition launches on June 23 up until July 1.

BOOKMARC Tokyo
4-26-14 Jingumae,
Shibuya-ku Tokyo,
Japan

. A week from today, global debut of ”David Bowie Ukiyo-e” will be at our 10 day exhibition @thebookmarc in Tokyo!! This is the first exhibition sale of David Bowie Ukiyo-e!! Please come check it out? (Online sale will be available on our website from 23rd 10AM Tokyo time!) ====================== 「デヴィッド・ボウイ浮世絵展」がいよいよ1週間後に迫ってきました! 6/23-7/1まで原宿のBOOKMARCさんにて開催いたします。初のデヴィッド・ボウイ浮世絵の展示・販売となりますので、ぜひ遊びに来てください?(オンラインでは23日の午前10時〜販売開始いたします!) #davidbowie #ukiyoe #ukiyoeproject #浮世絵 #浮世絵プロジェクト

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