EDO BALL BY ANDREW ARCHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Archer has been an illustrator & art director for over 10 years with a true passion for basketball, art and culture. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up playing pick up basketball at the local courts. Basketball has given him so much and led him to his love of culture and art.

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He moved to Asia in his mid twenties for 3 years. He 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 Archer couldn’t speak a word of the local language but the people always welcomed him to the game. It was like family no matter where he went.

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The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks Archer 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.

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HUMOROUS WATERCOLORS BY MOIRA HAHN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Moira Hahn has exhibited across the world for two decades. Influenced by the Japanese genre ukiyo-e, she also cites Tibetan Thanka paintings, John James Audubon, and Persian miniatures as inspirations for her work.

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Her watercolors recall the woodblock prints of Japan’s Edo period, which ended nearly 150 years ago. With endearing, anthropomorphic animals in the place of human warriors or villagers, there’s also a refined quality to the work that feels centuries-old. And hidden within these pieces, you’ll often find charming, humorous details of the modern-day.

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