In just a few shot weeks long-time 55DSL collaborator Dragon76 will be flying from his native Japan to 55DSL Boxpark where he’ll unveil his new show, ‘Coexistence’, at Studio55. What’s more, he’ll be live painting in the space, creating one of his biggest mural’s to date on 55DSL’s walls.

An immensely successful painter whose style is rooted in a combination of Graffiti, Manga and Ukiyo-e, Dragon76 specialises in large scale live painting at galleries, music events and alternative spaces worldwide. 55DSL are huge fans and have been working with him for years – Dragon76 has previously created a series of stunning artworks for, and supported by, Studio55 for 55DSL – including paintings at the Notting Hill Carnival, Roots events in Birmingham and Liverpool and a piece for their previous Studio55 space in Soho, which has been fantastically documented here.

Working fast, in classic graffiti “throw up” style Dragon76 paints with acrylic and marker pen as well as using stencilling techniques. Watching his process, which he often exposes by painting infront of an audience, allows a full appreciation of the level skill and vision he has.

Dragon76 simultaneously studied oil painting at Osaka College of Art and graffiti outside the education system. Born in Shiga, and based in Yokohama, his work frequently appears in all manor of publications, on record sleeves, clothes ranges and in advertising campaigns. Landscapes and figures defined by black shadow, mimicking traditional block printing, are superimposed upon textured layers of vibrant colour.

Dragon76′s new show is inspired by themes of co-existence, with which he hopes to spread a contemporary message of peace, harmony and revolution, exemplified by his participation in projects painting murals onto the walls of refugee and peace camps as well as highlighting prejudice by depicting current affairs and protests.

“I will be so glad if they can feel positive energy which I felt from graffiti and minority culture though my painting”

Be it music, dance, bathing in sunshine or marching against injustice, his talent lies in capturing an energy that conveys action, Dragon76′s artworks ‘feel’ as well as look wonderful.

So please feel free to share this fantastic project with your readers and join us on the night for a night of amazing live art, brilliant DJs and, of course, a beer or two courtesy of Oranjeboom between 6:30-9:00 on Thursday March 22nd 2012.

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