A must see- Yoshitaka Amano’s art is exhibiting in the Art Statement’s Gallery in HK for a few more weeks. Click here to read a little about the man. I include an interview from him below..

Really the guy is incredible, he has done artwork over such a wide range of medium’s. You may know him best from the illustrations of the characters in the “Final Fantasy” computer games. Here are some of his illustrations.

Here is a great link to an interview with him about “a day in the life of Yoshitaka Amano” . I have summarised a couple of the more interesting questions, below…

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist, not in the sense of it as a hobby, but more as a profession and a way to make a living? YA: When I was fourteen, I went to see my best friend, who had moved to Tokyo — I was still living in Shizuoka — so I went to see him. And I knew about Tatsunoko and I felt like I wanted to join Tatsunoko, so I brought a piece of my art, and I went to see their office and left the piece behind. After I came back to Shizuoka, Tatsunoko had sent a note saying they wanted to hire me, and that’s when I joined Tatsunoko and that’s when I realized that I wanted to draw and paint as my career.

How hard has it been to be accepted by the fine art community? It’s a pretty snobbish community, especially towards those who’ve worked distinctly commercial medium, like comic books, animation, video games and many of the genres you’ve explored in your career. YA: I always like something new. Like, animation back then was new too, so games, etc., these are different places where my art is released, but I myself don’t change. So my core doesn’t change, and as an artist, I’m completely responsible for my art. So sometimes my art comes out in a game, but the game doesn’t sell, so my art isn’t reflected in a good way, and that’s a sad thing. But what I think is that I am solely responsible for my art, so I’m not concerned which path I channel it through. If it’s something new, then I am interested. So if it’s animation, or games, or some new medium in the future, I would be happy to put my art into it. I’m not sure if there’s any criticism, or if I have any frustration with the fine-art community, at least not that I’m aware of. I’m still a newcomer in the community, but as long as I’m doing something new and something different. By doing this, there’s always the possibility that there’s someone somewhere might be criticizing me about it. But I don’t care that much, in fact I would be happy to accept it because it means that I’m doing something new. The other day I went to Rome and saw Michaelangelo’s art, and there was a huge line for two hours to see his art. When I saw the whole line, I felt strongly that art has a strong power to attract people and to move the world, and I knew that I had to be responsible for my art, not just now, but ten years from now, forty years from now, I must be responsible for my art.

And, here is some of his more recent works! Amano started experimenting with traditional Japanese Sumi-e method on Japanese papers, incorporating fluid, spontaneous brush strokes with comic images. Later, those drawings are transformed into canvas and aluminum works that are highly regarded in art world.

Amazing inspirational artwork. Have a great weekend- Matt