Here for his debut RUN we welcome Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno and the detailed swirling pieceefiL. Read on as we talk with Yosuke Ueno about his early influences, and his debut RUN in the 1xRUN Thru Interview below…
1xRUN Thru Interview
efiL by Yosuke Ueno
1xRUN: What materials was the origianl printed on/drawn with? Is the original still for sale?
Yosuke Ueno: The original piece was created in 2011. It was painted on canvas with acrylics.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Yosuke Ueno: The name of the character “efiL” is a reverse-spelling word for Life, and the character is the symbol of life and nature. I love to go hiking and experiences at mountains always inspire me to create. Walking mountains has been every weekend habit for me. I trek my neighbor mountains every weekend and love to see the Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, from where I am. All the time I take the air and the sound of mountains back to my studio with me. Those elements make my mind clear and I really love to work with the atmosphere of mountains.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Yosuke Ueno: It is difficult to explain with words because I express all what I would like to say in the piece. Words are not enough to explain my piece. So just feel it as you like.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Yosuke Ueno: It would be a pleasure for me if you hang it on your wall just like evergreen flower.
1xRun: Describe the print in one gut reaction word.
Yosuke Ueno: Life and Death.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Yosuke Ueno: Every little child naturally comes to take pens and starts drawing. I had not been the exception. But there was a difference between my friends and me, that is; I had been keeping drawing even after my friends stopped drawing. I felt so satisfied when my classmates liked my drawings and words from friends had been a big motivation for me then.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
Yosuke Ueno: Do you remember the very first drawing that you had draw when you were a child? My answer is probably the same as yours.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Yosuke Ueno: I’ve been influenced and inspired by Japanese subcultures such as manga or advertisement for ever since I was born and have been grown up in Japan.
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Yosuke Ueno: I am rather inspired by Japanese subcultures than any particular artist today.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Yosuke Ueno: Yes. I am listening to break beats when I work for today.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Yosuke Ueno: I’ve never thought about collaborating with other artists.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Yosuke Ueno: Osamu Tezuka’s manga. But I have just discarded it the other day!
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Yosuke Ueno: Japanese hip hop CD. That is a great art.
1xRun: What else do you have in the works?
Yosuke Ueno: I am going to participate in an art fair in German this autumn, and have a group show in Hong Kong.
1xRun: Where can people find you on the internette?