Japanese artist Ray Morimura was born in Tokyo and started his career as a painter. Later on, he decided to change his medium to woodblock printing, a printing technique that is widely used all over East Asia. When he was still painting, a lot of his works consisted of geometric designs and abstract elements. After shifting to woodblock printing, he still retained his artistic style and used geometric shapes to come up with the images on his prints.
Majority of Ray Morimura’s woodblock prints consist of Japanese landscapes, a subject that is common among Japanese art. When seeing his work up close, you may notice that the mountains, trees and lands are made up of rectangles or long lines. Triangles and conical shapes are also evident. There is also a common theme when it comes to the colors that he chooses to use for the prints. His drawings are based on “unnatural”, “flat” perspectives: often depicted from an high vantage point, they never aim to distinguish the figure from the background. Realism is not an issue, textures and hues are given great importance, and every element appears to have the same weight in the composition.