With its tantalising mixture of futuristic technology and Eastern tradition, Tokyo is a place that has often captured the imagination – and hearts – of creative people.
For Andrew Joyce and Joey Meuross, students of graphic communication at Bath Spa University, the city had a similar pull, inspiring them to create a body of work which will be on display at Bath Artists Studios next month.
The pair visited the country as part of their design course and spent six month in the middle of rice fields – not surprisingly being taught more Japanese than graphic design – and spent all their spare time travelling between there and Tokyo.
Joyce says, ‘We each wanted to capture our own favourite aspects of the city – a place we both still love – and for me it was the vast cityscape and cramped streets and for Joey it was the noises and overall colour and vibrancy of a neon city.’
Joyce’s work features epic cityscapes, which often look like they are made of sweets, and the exhibition will include a giant skyline mural. Meuross works a lot with pixelated illustration and will be animating some videos of Tokyo locations for the show.
Tokyo will take place at Bath Artists Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AJ from 14 – 22 February.