The composition I have chosen is a mural produced by an artist that goes by the name or tag Dragon76. He is a Japanese artist that specializes in large live scale painting. He has traveled the world creating art in many cities. He studied oil painting at Osaka College of Art. His street art education was not obtained through formal classes.
He created this work in October 2017 for PRHBTN. This organization showcases street artists from around the world and focuses on beautifying Lexington. You can find this Mural on the complex building which houses the following organizations: The Plantory, Broke Spoke, Foodchain, Smithtown, and West 6th Brewing. The physical address is listed as 501 West 6th Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. The mural is on the side of the building that faces Coolavin Park and some apartments.
I often frequent this area to curate a gallery space. This composition brings me much strength and encourages me to always do more for the better of humanity. Every time I pass by it I can honestly say I feel it speaking to me. You know the artist has accomplished pure unity on a physical and mental level when those feelings are produced upon viewers.
Dragon76 creates his style by using techniques in graffiti, manga, and traditional block printing. He frequently uses lots of textured layers of vibrant color as well as stenciling techniques. In this work of art, Dragon76 doesn’t really use a color scheme. However, when the eye first looks, it could be perceived as slightly complimentary because of his use of blues, greens, oranges and reds. It also holds a bit of a natural color scheme in some areas.
If you look at the head piece on this figure you see the word Ouroborous. When I first saw this work of art I had no idea what it meant, so I Googled it. Many links on Google have this description: An Ouroboros is circular symbol looking like a snake, or a dragon, swallowing its tail. This is to symbolize wholeness or infinity. After reading this, the harmonies of the work were completely aligned.
Speaking of alignment and harmony, I find it very pleasing in this work. This work has significant movement and rhythm, despite the fact that the figure is somewhat standing at what looks like attention or ready for battle pose. The alignment by definition doesn’t line up to be perfectly symmetrical. This piece is slightly asymmetrical and follows all of the rules for asymmetrical balance. The reason it follows all the rules is because of the apparent emphasis on textures and patterns. The rhythm in this work of art has much tempo due to the variation of patterns and the placement of patterns. This creates an appropriate visual weight.
I love the scale and proportion used as well. The scale of the figure is obviously larger than life because it is a mural; however, the proportion of the wall when standing at the appropriate distance makes the scale overall look balanced. The scale of his body parts is in proportion to the golden mean. The proximity of patterns and objects are also in unity. The organization of textures and colors was perfectly thought out. The figure of the man is perfectly defined between the background of the dusty turquoise halo and the smoky foreground. This is why I feel like the man is a warrior standing at attention. These layers give this composition depth. The eye is definitely tricked into seeing that three- dimensional layer. The book and lecture refer to this as trompe l’ oiel. I feel the artist does this by having a few subordination objects.
In this work, I feel those are the elements that make this human warrior look like a chief cyborg. On the face, you see small mechanical-looking elements. These mechanical elements also give this work more variety. Overall, the artwork has a very tribal feel until you get to the mechanical parts. These mechanical parts definitely give visual interest. Another section of this composition that adds to the principal of variety is the tribal pattern of a dragon over the heart of the warrior. The unity and variety of this composition convey a very strong sense of purpose.
This composition is found in an area of town which thrives on the idea of paying it forward to others. Having a modern day chief cyborg warrior on the wall adjacent to the park only offers inspiration and hope to all that pass by. Some personal themes Dragon76 likes to convey include: co-existence, peace, harmony and revolution. He wants his paintings to have energy that convey action. The following is a quote from Dragon76’s Facebook page.
“I will be so glad if they can feel positive energy which I felt from graffiti and minority culture though my painting”
I feel this message when looking at his work. I can physically feel my endorphins jumping around in my brain. This is brain food for me. I often find murals and street art very inspirational.
This mural personally provides more of a message of unity.
Dragon76 provides a pleasing aesthetic, both in a mental and artistic way. He provides a balanced and strength-filled unity. He is a true god at producing a pure symbol of an Ouroboros. Dragon76’s work is the paramount to symbolize wholeness or infinity.
Lucinda, a native of Kentucky, grew up near Lexington in the small town of Versailles. At a very early age she started to demonstrate her creativity. Lucinda has been developing her style and technique for over 10 years and continues to explore new depths to express herself through art.