Baba Shiro is a talented artist that we discovered on Instagram (Babalthus). His artworks are a mixture of traditional japanese culture and iconography melted with new contemporary manga and modern narrative; but there is much more in this paints, a sort of mirror of our inner fears and shadows.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration when I come across people with peculiar features, old photos with scratches, nondescript scenes from films, walls of crumbling houses, deserted scenery where no soul is to be found living.
Which is the reletioship and influence beetween your cultural backgorund (country, studies, etc.) and your artworks?
Living in Japan puts me in daily contact with our traditional culture like the colours of kimonos, or shapes of temples and Buddhist statues. On the contemporary side there’s manga and anime and I think that it’s the mix of all these that you can see in my works. At the same time I admire the culture abroad, especially the classic paintings and the surrealism of the West. They have no doubt influenced me.
What are you much focused in?
I focus on the impact at first sight when I paint. I try to evoke emotions with my works, emotions that make your heart race, emotions that you have never felt. Or offer something new to discover yet.
Have you encountered any difficulties when you first started your art/freelance career?
Yes. I was copying other people at the beginning. I realised eventually that it was making painting painful so I stopped. The biggest struggle probably is to make your living by painting. It still is.
Over these years, what is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession?
Above all, you have to be free. The most important thing is to be free from what other people think of your work, to focus on the inspiration that rises from within you and to reproduce it as accurately as possible.
Do you think that a creative job is just creativity or it’s discipline too?
A creative work can only be achieved by continuous discipline. Work without discipline doesn’t stir emotion.
Are you currently work on new projects?
I’m not working on a particular project. Painting is just my hobby. I’d be interested to join if there’s a group project or something like that.
I try to evoke emotions
with my works,
emotions that make your heart race,
emotions that you have never felt.
Or offer something new
to discover yet.
“A creative work
can only be achieved
by continuous discipline.
Work without discipline
doesn’t stir emotion”.
Instagram > @babalthus