Tian-Yong-Xing Da-Dao:
From the Series of “Shui Hu Zhuan (Water Margin)”

天勇星 大刀
天勇星 大刀
Tian-Yong-Xing Da-Dao: From the Series of “Shui Fu Chuan”


白髪 一雄
白发 一雄
시라가 가즈오

Oil on canvas

An avant-garde painting of the 1960s painted with the entire body.

온 몸을 사용해 그린 1960년대의 전위 회화

This looks just like a ground trampled all over by a monster. Alternatively, it could be a flood of paint like a sandpit after playing in the mud. Rather than a delicate, small world portrayed with a paintbrush, during the 1960s when this painting was produced, attempts were made to directly express a larger world employing the human body itself as the artistic material.

Kazuo Shiraga laid the canvas on the floor and hanging from a rope attached to the ceiling, he drew on the canvas, where the paint was placed, with his feet like Tarzan. It was indeed a martial art. Having said so, the essence of this painting is not the record of a past action but the wonder of the bulge of paint, which could not be expressed with the conventional paintbrush, and the blending of colors woven in red, black, and white.

The title is taken from the name of a character in Shui Hu Zhuan (Water Margin).