The Tokyo University of Arts
Shiki Taira is a Nihon-ga artist. She takes up a theme based on various Japanese traditional culture. Her skillful composition based on traditional techniques and color gained high reputation. She integrates bright color and contemporary designed Kimono for Bijin-ga, lively and funny character into phantoms.
She says “ I enjoy deforming the distinctive features of a person’s skeleton
when I paint that person and bring out unlimited images come to my mind while I paint phantoms. We have an idea the gods dwell in various creatures and nature traditionally in Japan. Phantom is a part of these ideas and painted and printed in subject of Ukiyo-e in Edo-period by Hokusai Katsushika and others.
One-eyed-phantoms she paints are lovable and do not harm people. They are one of the indispensable characters for her work.