2017 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Naoaki Funayama

Long Island City NY USA
I'm from the city that is famous for Mt. Fuji. I really like that mountain, and dinosaurs as well. Both have special meaning: "power", "greatness" and "specialty." The work titled "X-don" means "tooth of the unknown." With paleontological research the whole body of a dinosaur can be restored from just the fossil of one tooth. I have questions about how that works. Human beings can't know everything. We can only work from one part by imagining a thing's whole. Today's images of dinosaurs are one of the possibilities we can consider from a hypothesis. The paleontologist presents just one possibility from the limited viewpoint of a selection of relics of the past. This theory has overturned. "X-don" shows that which is larger than a mountain. I am expressing one of its possibilities.
© Naoaki Funayama | X-don 7914
2017 Painting | X-Don
Acrylic on canvas. , 24 x 24 inches, 2015
© Naoaki Funayama | X-don 7915
2017 Painting | X-Don
Acrylic and copper leaf on canvas. , 12 x 12 inches, 2016