Art A future dreamed in the past, drawings by Yota Tsukino

A future dreamed in the past, drawings by Yota Tsukino

Emanuele D'Angelo
Yota Tsukino |

My works express the future we have dreamed of in the past.

Using a retro-futuristic style Yota Tsukino, a Japanese artist, creates dense and imaginary cityscapes taking cues from the past but adding elements and small details of contemporary society.
The artist has created a triptych representing three different eras-Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa-that will become the focus of an exhibition at the Sangatsu atelier in Osaka, Japan.

A triptych that traces, albeit in part, the history of Yota Tsukino’s nation, each work was created at a different time but with a unique and continuous style.

Yota Tsukino

“Toguro Tower” is one of the artist’s earliest works, created during Japan’s Heisei era, which began on January 8, 1989 and ended on April 30, 2019 when Naruhito ascended the throne.
In his drawing, Yota Tsukino draws with his precious pencil a landscape that belongs to the Showa era with store signs, railway trains that recall a nostalgic time.

Yota Tsukino

We come to the second illustration entitled: “Higashiyama University of Art”. This drawing was created in pre-pandemic Reiwa, before our lives were totally turned upside down.
It depicts a more contemporary environment, full of activity and architecturally well laid out.

Yota Tsukino

“Expo Memorial Farm” is the latest work, it was created during the pandemic and offers an idyllic future where city and farm coexist.

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This latest depiction by Yota Tsukino represents the near future, one from which the Japanese artist hopes to depart, with the hope that city and farm will coexist for a prosperous future.
A triptych that when united and looked at as a whole traces the history of Japan, never forgetting its history but with a keen eye on the future.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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