Christie’s auctions Gundam painting for $600,000

Art lovers are known to be extravagant and indulgent when it comes to patronizing art, so it comes as no surprise that a Gundam painting by Japanese artist Tenmyouya Hisashi was auctioned in Hong Kong Christie’s for HK$4.8 million (approx. US$600,000). Tenmyouya Hisashi has this to say about his artwork, “In Japan, there are many “Gundam-Otaku’s,” and their adoration of Gundam is intense. Therefore, I did not want to change their image of Gundam. By changing Gundam’s “mobile suit” to tattoos, I altered his body, and made him even more customized. I emphasized the very concept of the “mobile suit,” and by setting Gundam against a background of gold leaf from traditional Japanese painting, I emphasized Gundam’s samurai origins. In my mind, the distinctions between combat video games, manga, and ukiyo-e have become blurred. This is a painting that combines on a single screen the features of moving images, manga frames, and single prints.”


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