Washizu by James Jean x Staple Design (PRE-ORDER)
Artist/Brand Mighty Jaxx
Designed by James Jean for Staple's 20th Anniversary, this premium collectible is produced in highly detailed PVC, each individually hand painted to achieve a beautiful weathering effect. The figurine comes with a commemorative enamel pin as well as a certificate of authenticity signed by James Jean.
Inspired by Japanese film maestro Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece—Throne of Blood, this beautiful pigeon sculpt with a volley of arrows pierced through his body is an allegorical reference to the film’s protagonist, General Washizu. The film transposes the plot of Shakespeare’s notable Macbeth, telling a story of a warrior who assassinates his local lord under the coercion of his ambitious wife. The sculpt is executed with meticulous attention to detail in line with Kurosawa’s sense of realism and perfectionism.
Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space, Jeff Ng, better known as jeffstaple, is now a prominent figure within the industries of fashion, music, art and even sports. He initially took up journalism at the NYU but later dropped out and enrolled into Parsons School of Design after realising his growing passion for graphic design.
His streetwear brand @StaplePigeon has attained global fame over the last two decades and is a reflection of all city dwellers today. The familiar Pigeon logo is often seen across Staple’s extensive range of apparel and other products, representing the boundless energy of New York City.
About James Jean
Born in Taiwan and based in Los Angeles, James Jean fuses contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and Renaissance portraiture. By experimenting with different styles and art-historical genres, Jean depicts detailed cosmological worlds that focus on both individual and universal experiences. His small-scale pieces feature single figures engaged in everyday tasks, and are focused on specific narratives and emotions. Jean’s large-scale works recall complex Hieronymus Bosch paintings and majestic Tang Dynasty landscapes. Layered with imagery drawn from both contemporary culture and age-old allegories, the artist imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions.
- 9.8” X 12” X 13” Hand Painted Collectible
- Premium foam box with art by James Jean
Estimated arrival: Sep 2017