Carl Randall: Japan Portraits
01.12. Carl Randall’s detailed paintings depict contemporary Japan
British-born artist Carl Randall draws inspiration from his time living in Japan to create paintings that document the frenetic and crowded nature of the country. He spent several years there and used painting to depict his experiences of everyday life in contemporary Japan, as seen through the eyes of a “foreign artist”.
His large-scale paintings detail a sea of faces and busy scenes with an unusual perspective, that speaks of depth and shadow. Yet the landscapes his characters reside in feel intriguingly 2D in the angle they’ve been painted from.
His paintings in colour communicate the vibrancy and hectic nature of Japan and the different cities he’s lived in. In contrast, his black and white artworks seem more depressing and judicial of the country’s everyday life.
The artist captures traditional aspects of Japanese culture, but combines them with more modern facets such as theme parks, outdoor club nights and packed sushi restaurants. The artist also documents the morning commute, portraying the swell of people that frequent Tokyo’s public transport network with unagitated faces.