Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons
The Hyakki Yagyo is a night where all manner of yokai, ogres, ghosts and other supernatural creatures parade through the streets in one massive spectacle. Those foolish enough to go outside or peek out of their windows in hopes to catch a glimpse of the supernatural are either killed or spirited away…
For the Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons show, myself and 24 other talented artists were invited to interpret a Japanese folklore classic by creating 4 creatures each, creating a total of 100 Yokai (demons) from Japanese mythology. The show opened on Thursday Oct 20th, 2016 and runs until Oct 31st, 2016 at Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W, Toronto.
Here’s my version of the mischievous yokai Kotengu, a lesser Tengu who enjoys kidnapping people and forcing them eat feces until they go mad. They especially revel in tormenting monks and nuns, robbing temples, and trying to seduce clergy.
For this show, all artists were to work in white on black, making for a unique challenge to my usual process. I started by inking everything in black on white paper and then scanning and reversing each piece in the computer, picking and choosing some elements to revert to black on white. It was a really interesting process that I hope to experiment again with soon.
Cheers to all the participants: Adrian Forrow, Andrew Foerster, Chris Kuzma, Clayton Hanmer, CryWolf, Daniel Zender, Deshi Deng, Emily May Rose, Harvey Chan, Heidi Berton, James Turner, Jane Kim, Jacqui Oakley, Jenn Liv, Jennifer Phelan, Jeremy Leung, Jody Hewgill, Jon Todd, Lauren Pirie, Lynn Scurfield, Marc O’Brien, Ness Lee, Paige Clark, Shea Chang, & Trevor Henderson. What an amazing group! The show was curated by Hiroshi Murakami and Andrew Foerster. Thanks for the great job guys!
Some pieces below by Chris Kuzma, Shea Chang, myself, Jody Hewgill and Daniel Zender. Really enjoyed how the various styles worked together.
Big thanks to various references out there helping me with my research, especially the amazing Yokai Finder by Matthew Meyer. I could waste away hours on there reading all the mythology. Another huge thank you to Jonathan Groeneweg of Smokestack, who so expertly produced my prints for the show!