Image: Highway Fuji, by Seisai
One of the more famous series of Japanese paintings is Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. It is a series of large woodblock prints which Hokusai created between 1826 and 1833, and consists of various views of Japan’s most famous mountain, as seen in different seasons and under different weather conditions.
Peter MacMillan is an Irish artist who was greatly inspired by Hokusai. Even his artist’s name, Seisai, which means “studio in the west,” pays tribute to Hokusai, whose name means “studio in the north.” Seisai has created a new series called Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji. He uses Hokusai’s series as a taking-off point, but then adds a whimsical touch to his paintings while also attempting to address a serious issue – the ever-increasing environmental destruction and mindless consumption of today’s society.