About Zane Fix, Who is he?
World-renowned guru of Jap Pop Art – Zane Fix, is an American artist, born in Brooklyn, New York.
The art of Zane Fix blends both the intensity and simplicity of Japanese woodblock prints with the pop sensibility of early and mid 20th century western pop and commercial art.
Mr. Fix began honing his skills of draftsmanship as a child by interpreting the works of Hokusai, Sharaku, and Utamaro. He attended Cooper Union School of Architecture. In 1997, he travelled to Kyoto, Japan, and began on the path that led him to his current incarnation as the guru of Jap Pop Art.
Original pieces are labor and time intensive; utilizing techniques he learned as an architectural draftsman and apprentice sumi-e painter, and woodblock cutter. Mr. Fix uses brush, pen, ink and wax pencils on various handmade rice papers. In his own words “It’s all done by hand, no computer magic, baby!”
Popular works include his Gunslinging Geisha, Audrey Hepburn in Kabuki Makeup, and David Bowie as “some cat from Japan”. Current collection on exhibit at Stray Kat Gallery, is a retrospective of works from the past thirteen years.
An Online Interview with Mr Fix
Zane Fix’s Design and Japanese Arts – Started Since???
I began working on the vast collection of work that I exhibit and sell over thirteen years ago. At first, I started selling my work in New York’s Union Square park, with a group of other artists, all plying their trade. That is where I met painter Stella Michaels, and began to work together collaborating and selling each other’s work. After several years of presenting our work in different parts of New York city by having a rolling exhibition in a truck, we opened Stray Kat Gallery in Chelsea Market. Our success led us to an 8,000 square foot space in the Meatpacking district on 14th street. Working on your craft, selling the work, and managing an art gallery is an extremely time consuming project. But, to be able to succeed as a working artist is very rewarding.
Zane Fix’s Inspirations Behind His Designs
The inspiration for my designs are multi-faceted. I would say the biggest inspirations for me are the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and the graphic work of 60’s artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, as well as classic advertising art.
Views about Japanese Traditional Arts vs The New Age of Japanese
I have always loved traditional woodblock prints since I first saw them when I was very young; I would sit for hours as a youngster copying them from books that my father had. I love the line work and the use of color, and see the Kabuki actor portraits as the first rock star posters. I also love the calligraphy, and always work hard to execute it properly, and with the best translations that I can do. I am not a huge fan of anime, but I understand it’s value and respect the large following that the genre has. In many ways, I must say that I am not always paying attention to what is going on presently in the contemporary Japanese (or any other) art scenes; I pretty much do what I like to do. I will say that there have been things that Murakami has done that I like, and, as for Western artists, I like the work of Shepard Fairy.
Views on the Singapore Japanese Art Scene
I have not been to Singapore, so I am not sure what the art scene is like over there. Cheryl Ho, of Articulate Consulting has been handling the details of presenting my work in Singapore, with the intention of expanding exhibitions to other key cities in Asia. Ms. Ho met me a few years ago at the Stray Kat Gallery, and approached me last year with the concept of representing me in Asia. I guess it is fair to say that we are in the beginning stages. I am looking forward to making the project a success.
Encouraging Words for the Passionate Local Artist in Singapore
For any artist, a passion for what you do is the first requirement. This passion will make you work hard at your craft, and keep you striving for whatever level of perfection you seek. To be a working artist, you must have confidence in your work; you must be able to sell, sell, sell…that is the only way you can survive and keep growing. It is not always easy; the road can be quite bumpy at times, and the journey can be tiresome. Like everything in life, there are ups and downs, and successes and failures should be viewed equally.
What’s Next and Anything for the Rest to Look Forward to?
I work on new pieces when I get ideas and inspiration; Sometimes I create 3 or 4 new designs in a row, and sometimes nothing at all. I work on color changes for my print work in order to keep past designs fresh. I also do commission work, and some commercial jobs require me to work outside of my signature style. I find that stuff both challenging and rewarding. I am not sure what I’ll be doing in another month or two; there are a few opportunities, and I have several ideas…I guess we’ll just have to see what happens!!!!
Zane Fix’s exhibition was held since 15th Jan and the last day will be 3rd March. Do head down and be inspired by the other pieces by him over food and drinks! For those of you who are interested in any purchases of his art pieces visit, http://www.jappopart.com/.
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