Japanese culture has always been a major influence on James Roper artistic practice, as well as his personal life. From the dynamic and colourful imagery of Japanese animation that inspired his early painting and digital work, to his origami sculptures, as well as his deep interest in Zen meditation which James Roper has been practicing for over 12 years.
James Roper has always been fascinated by pre-modern Japanese culture specifically because it seems to exemplify how our normal day-to-day existence can be transformed into artful expression.
This everyday beauty is very much a focal point of the Ukiyo-e genre of Japanese art that was developed in the 17th century and flourished until Japan finally opened it’s borders to the industrialised world. This time was known as the Edo period (1603 – 1867).