Art. Iona Rozeal Brown. East Meets West In An Intersection of Hip-hop and Traditional Japanese Art Forms.
New York based artist Iona Rozeal Brown creates large scale acrylic paintings which incorporate Hip-hop and traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. The works also present influences from Western African indigenous religions, traditional Japanese theater, ballroom culture, and Medieval European art.
Brown, who has studied at Yale University and The San Francisco Art Institute, has had an interest in Japanese art forms ever since she was a child. Her deep fascination with different cultural mediums of art lead her to train in Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking in addition to incorporating many different global cultures in her depictions of African-Americans.
(the oobie kids, 2010)
(“…all you heard was ‘poppa, don’t hit me no more!’ (or momma…take your pick),”, 2013)
(a3 blackface #62)
(a3 blackface #20)
(Divine sleektah 2 (Archangel midra), 2011)
(Amidst Black Flowers, 2010)
(Afro.died, T., 2011)
(You opened my eyes man,I thought I had a man, but…, 2008)
(sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshitoshi’s “Drowsy:…, 2007)