Design Festa Vol. 30 – Tokyo, Japan

Design Festa Vol. 30 - Oct. 24-25, 2009

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend and participate in Tokyo’s Design Festa – a massive bi-annual art event held by  Harajuku’s Design Festa Gallery.  The event is open to all artists, artisans, performers, and other creative types who want to exhibit their work.

Running since 1994, the organizers of Design Festa call the event two days of “artistic chaos” with 8500 artists from 70 countries occupying over 2600 booths as well as indoor and outdoor stages. The experience was”chaotic” to say the least as well as mind boggling, awe inspiring, and just downright strange at times.

For more information about Design Festa and how to participate, visit

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paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting

Doze Green: Street Art to Fine Art

Doze Green-Ancestros Totemic Series-Cuba-2008

Today’s image is by New York artist Doze Green.

“Green was born and raised in the upper west side of Manhattan, New York City and was one of the pioneers of the Hip-Hop culture. He first started writing graffiti in his neighborhood in 1974, and started painting subway trains in 1976. The following year he joined the Rock Steady Crew. The Rock Steady Crew were pioneers of a new style of dance known as break dancing or B-Boying. The crew first started dancing at art exhibitions and galleries of Soho and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

During this time Doze Green was also attending the High School of Art and Design, where some of the most talented and well-respected graffiti artists came from. In 1982 Green showed his artwork in a well-known group show at the Fun Gallery. At this same time after appearances in major movies such as Flashdance, Style Wars, and Wildstyle, the Rock Steady Crew was launched into action and the limelight.

From B-boy to graffiti legend, Doze Green has gone to tagging the hallways of South Bronx projects to designing for clothing lines like Kikwear and Ecko. In the process, he’s become a proponent of the avant-garde “fusionistic” art movement. Best known for his characters, Doze Green has begun to concentrate on canvases that blend wildstyle techniques with metaphysical concepts. Doze Green is also known for his live painting performances. Doze Green’s work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His works have been published in BlackBook, Anthem, Juxtapoz, Tokion, and Vibe and reviewed on CNN.” (from Jonathan Levine Gallery)

To see more of Green’s work, visit Doze


paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting