Emily Warren

BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and Drawing

Retro Japan

In this series of abstract paintings, I explore Japanese architecture and nostalgia. Vacation photos from Japan and Google Maps street views were used as references to create digital illustrations. The color palettes for the paintings and source illustrations were inspired by ’90s anime aesthetics, hence the consistent themes of pinks, blues, and purples. I then took my finished illustrations and digitally edited them through layers of cropping and double exposure to create a new abstract composition. This new edit was usually tiny and pixelated when expanded, which helped in making the final abstraction. The last step in my process was translating this new pixelated image onto canvas, adjusting colors, adding new gradients, and adding or taking away lines to create the final abstract painting. These paintings are representations of my love for Japan and its culture.

The Station
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36″
2020


The Ruins
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36″
2020


The City
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36″
2020


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