Hiogi Peek-a-Boo Painting by Robert Shirk

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Painting: Acrylic, Ink, Paint, Paper, Plastic on Plastic, Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Aluminium.

When I first saw this image of a beautiful Asian woman peeking out from under a scarlet red fan I thought of my Grandmother. My grandmother was not Asian, but she loved all things Asian. I lived with her until I was around 8 or 9, and remember all the wonderful Asian art, rugs, and furniture that surrounded me in my formative years. So when I saw this dramatic image, I just new I had to paint it.

The image also gave me a chance to explore the ruff textures of the hiogi fan, and contrast it with the smooth texture of the lips and skin. All done in the layered Pointillistic style I'm currently developing.

Each of the 4 sheets of plexiglass is painted with acrylic paint and contains a part of the final composite image. The effect creates a 3 dimensional kinetic painting that moves and changes as the viewers perspective changes.

The last sheet of plexi has Japanese Chunky Kuzo Paper mounted on it. The paper has open translucent areas that light passes through. I love the way it adds an organic feel to the painting, contrasting with the shiny plexiglass.

The fan is (hiogi) style made of cypress-wood blades bound by a thread. Many inexpensive versions are currently used for outdoor wedding party favors and garden parties. Wikipedia says: According to the Song Sui (History of Song), a Japanese monk Chonen (938-1016) offered the folding fans (twenty wooden-bladed fans hiogi) and two paper fans kawahori-ogi to the emperor of China in 988.


Hiogi Peek-a-Boo

Robert Shirk

United States


Size: 18 W x 24 H x 2 in

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