Japanese deco art & old Australian comics

11014896_10153372215441183_7606067627795012304_nRecently I’ve got into a bit of a Japanese 1920s~30s deco art kick, such as the image at left (“Reijin” sheet music cover, Japan, 1930; artist sadly unknown) and the one beneath these words – Kobayakawa Kiyoshi 小早川清, ‘Dancer 33/100’, 1932.

Maybe it’s the whole displaced collage/photo-montage thing, with geometric lines, a tad abstract, blah, blah; you know the score. An underlying sense of humour and a whiff of mischief helps. And you can see the definite influence of dada with some of these pieces.

My parents were big aficionados of art deco rather than nouveau, and a lot of my fave old films capture its spirit in decor, cars, buildings, fashion and set-designs.

165.1_KiyoshiWhile the American take has been a little overexposed in the years since, its Japanese brethren is still remarkably unknown, and an interesting look into the culture before militarism kicked-in in the 1930s.

I’ve also been burrowing into some of the old Australian 1940s~50s comics by people like writer Frank Ashley and more particularly artist Stanley Pitt. Here’s an example from one issue of ‘Silver Starr’, by Ashley and Pitt.

While a dead-to-rights take on Flash Gordon, it’s gorgeous to look at and visually astounding for the time.

Pitt is definitely worth exploring further.

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2 responses to “Japanese deco art & old Australian comics

    • You mean the Japanese art deco art, Georgie? Or Ashley and Pitt’s comics? If the deco, I’m sure you can discover something online; there’s a wealth of material out there. 😉

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