Daisuke Sakaguchi – Daisuke “The 27 Life “ Sakaguchi
They say a picture tells a thousand words and at the recent Save Wild Tigers gala dinner in London to raise funds for conservation of wild tigers, an extraordinary painting of a tiger entitled “Inazuma” lives up to that idiom. It means “lightning” in Japanese to symbolise the power, speed and impact of the tiger. Its oriental approach to the masterpiece stands out from the other tiger paintings with its bold strokes and strong colours showing a tiger in an abstract wilderness to “capture the spellbinding freedom of the majestic tiger”. The painter is a young London-born Japanese named Daisuke Sakaguchi, artist and creative extraordinaire.
Like his painting, he stands out in the crowd with his long hair flowing under a black fedora to match his long black coat. You can tell a lot from a person’s attire and his ensemble speaks volume of a person with highly artistic flair and style and above all, a confident individual who is not afraid to make a statement. He catches my attention immediately in a very crowded room.
Daisuke Sakaguchi: Call Me “Daisuke “THE 27 Life” Sakaguchi”
Numerology plays an important part in people’s lives and many believe in special numbers that bring them luck. Sakaguchi has his own special numbers as he reveals, “My THE27LIFE logo is my creative art brand name. The number 27 is my lucky number so I paint the number 27 with my signature in all my art pieces. The 27 is always painted in Red to reflect the red sun in the Japanese flag. So sometimes people even call me “Daisuke THE27LIFE Sakaguchi”. It seems to bring him luck and fame as his jewellery and artwork have been collected by glitterati of the showbiz, sports, fashion and corporate world such as the Beckhams, Elton John, Rihanna, Kelly Osbourne, Linda Evangelista among others. His artwork has been exhibited at Sothebys’ London Gallery, Colette in Paris, Comme des Garcon’s Dover Street Market, Tokyo Fashion Week; and his work has been auctioned by National Portrait Gallery in London.
He said, “When I had my jewellery collection in Comme des Garcons’ Dover Street Market in London, Elton John visited the store and bought a few pieces from my collection. This led to his husband, David Furnish, commissioning me to design and create a bespoke white gold belt buckle for him.” He has also painted exclusive murals for David Coulthard, former Scottish F1 racing driver; Microsoft and the London Motor Show.
Daisuke Sakaguichi – Born To Create
Sakaguchi’s love for drawing and creating things started since he was little boy. He reminisces, “I was drawing and making things since the first day I can remember. Creating things was something that I was naturally doing, so I knew from an early age that I would want to be a creative being. “ His multi-faceted creative talent includes jewellery design, fashion, painting and creating other objects of art. He continues, “All my work has symbols and colours which are inspired from both my British and Asian heritage; with it I put a contemporary twist to it in my unique signature style.
With all my art works, every thing that I create is hand painted or hand crafted and never computer generated. With my paintings I do not use any stencils. It is all free hand painted.” Commenting on his artwork, he explains, “My creations are inspired by my passion for “Ukiyo-e” – pictures of the floating world – a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and “Irezumi” traditional Japanese tattoos. My art works are my very own modern interpretation of these classical art forms as a mural of storytelling, featuring motifs, landscapes, tales from history, theatrical creatures, fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainment combined with traditional positive iconography. When I visit Japan I make sure to study the landscape, absorb the natural visual environment along with visiting museums and traditional buildings. “
Daisuke Sakaguichi: Give Peace A Chance
Among his famous art pieces is the “Love Bomb” in collaboration with Wendy Meakin. He informs, “Wendy Meakin is an expert and former academic in the field of Visual Cultural Imagery. As a dealer on the Channel 4 programme, “Four Rooms” she purchased a blank authentic 1940’s RAF issue British Military Test Bomb whilst on the show, with the aim to subvert the meaning of war. As an old friend of mine, Wendy approached me with the idea and we saw it as the perfect symbol to explore the love hate relationship humankind has had through the ages. We then came up with a poignant design concept to completely transform the bomb. Once a military memento, the bomb has now taken on a new life; an embodiment of the positive message infamously advocated by Yoko Ono, “Love Against Hate X”. The Love Bomb is hand painted by me with a nautical aesthetic of the magical blue octopus and its eight tentacles playing under water with the iconic love peach. The octopus symbolizes being able to adapt to different environments and over coming obstacles whilst doing it with love. “
Other exquisite pieces that distinctly bear the “Daisuke Sakaguchi” signature trademark is his hand painted Giant “Mirai” Egg, which he contributed to the 2012 Fabergé Big Egg Exhibition and the “Tomodachi” Phone Booth for the 2012 BT ArtBox. Daisuke has recently exhibited his latest “Inazuma” Tiger painting at the Hotel Café Royal in a group show, which is then auctioned at the Save Wild Tiger gala event at the Savoy London. It fetched £12,000 in the bid. His latest show recently is at The Redfern Gallery in Mayfair, London, for Asian Art Week 2015 along with another artist. “I would like to have a solo exhibition of my art work in a central London art gallery one day, “ he said.
Sakaguchi’s motto is “The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It “. No doubt he will paint a bright future for himself – as vibrant, colourful and exclusive as his artworks that rock!
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