Art from a Japanese perspective
Creator Woleck, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Artist of the Year 2012, with his use of globalised images, is the rising star of a new wave of “Pop Art”. In autumn 2011, an exhibition of his works was held in a top Tokyo restaurant. With the support of the legendary Ferrero Art Gallery in Nice, it was through a friend that Woleck found himself on a plane to the other side of the planet. The director at the Gallery is a close friend of Michelin-starred chef Keisuke Matsushima, based in both France and Tokyo. A keen enthusiast of fine tableware and visual arts, the chef regularly invites Gallery artists to display their works in his Japanese restaurant.
Following in the path of Jean-Antoine Hierro in 2010, it was the turn of Woleck, whose trademark style incorporates well-known images, classic works of art and brands - think Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, reinterpreted and relocated to a city that could easily be Tokyo, or a flag depicting an array of American company logos - to highlight, in his own distinctive fashion, the disillusionments of modern society. Sponsored by artists from the KaiKai Kiki art foundation, Woleck also took advantage of his trip to redesign the artwork adopted across Keisuke Matsushima’s restaurants (otherwise known as “Kei”). The supreme chef, awarded the prestigious title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France, is featured in the work as “the last Samurai”, symbolising the guarantor of the values in the gastronomic French meal.
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