Lucky Red


Acrylic on canvas

$516 + tax, shipping

Red is part of a series of color paintings that play with the names of the color.

Japanese calligraphy, sumi-e painting, wood-block prints, Japanese-style step cabinets called Tansu, and bento boxes all inspired this painting. The Tansu cabinet is generally made out of a rich dark red mahogany. The lacquer used in bento boxes is shiny and red. Here the Japanese word of RED is written as calligraphy with metallic gold paint, in the box that is tipping. Tansu cabinets generally held kimono, and other precious garments, so I added gold to give an air of elegance. Red symbolizes luck.

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Author: asgraboyes

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