The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks I created, The Rock & The Ghost. These artworks were created from the love and passion of the game of Basketball, Ukiyo-e art and Japanese culture. The subjects mixed together seamlessly and were incredibly popular with the Basketball and Japanese culture communities.
Over the last 12 months I have patiently crafted 12 new original artworks to accompany the original 2 artworks. Each artwork has a story behind it. Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nick-names and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball.
I have been an illustrator & art director for over 10 years with a true passion for basketball, art and culture. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up playing pick up basketball at the local courts. Basketball has given me so much and led me to my love of culture and art. Every time we played at the street ball court I would look around and see so many people playing from every background imaginable. We all were from different religions, countries and often spoke different languages but always came together for the love of the game.
I moved to Asia in my mid twenties for 3 years and the situation never changed. I played pick up basketball with people all over Asia. On rooftop's in Hong Kong, under bridges in Bangkok and on cracked courts in the middle of Cambodia. Often I couldn't speak a word of the local language but the people always welcomed you to the game. It was like family no matter where you went.
This series is my tribute to the game.
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