Wildlife artist Masuda Hisashi, a resident of Hokkaido, specializes in detailed pen-and-ink portraits of Japanese and Alaskan wildlife.
Having made repeated visits to Alaska he is equally at home sketching in the wilderness as he is working in his Hokkaido studio.
On graduating from art school, Masuda took a job at an advertizing agency, but could not stop thinking about his dream of the outdoors, wilderness and wildlife. Deeply impressed by the works of wildlife artists Andrew Wyeth and Robert Bateman, he decided to quit his job and rather than become a photographer he determined to become a wildlife artist.
Taking part time jobs to raise funds, in his free time he taught himself to observe and depict wildlife, traveling in his native Hokkaido, and to Alaska in search of subjects relating to his main interests – the nature of northern regions. The species and encounters that have most impressed him have been with orca and wolves, and though Hokkaido has its fair share of wild places, he is always planning to return to the majestic scenery of Alaska.
Masuda's art has drawn him into the realms of ornithology and mammalogy, but recent projects have involved him in illustrating dinosaurs for books and exhibits.
Masuda holds regular exhibitions in Sapporo and Tokyo and it was at one of these exhibits in 2010 that Mark became impressed both by his work and his dedication to his art. At his exhibition the following year they discussed the possibility of working together on a project, which is now coming to fruition.
During 2012, Masuda has been working on illustrations for The Nature of Japan: From Dancing Cranes to Flying Fish, a collaborative work with Mark Brazil.
Masuda's studies of Japanese wildlife are delicate, evocative and imaginative and will enhance each chapter of this forthcoming book, which is designed to showcase his art while commorating 30 years of Mark's writing.
These illustrations of Ural Owl, Eurasian Red Squirrel and Red-flanked Bluetail all by Masuda Hisashi are samples of the artwork that will be included in The Nature of Japan.
© 2012 Mark Brazil & Chris Cook (text)
© 2012 Masuda Hisashi (illustrations)
Last updated: 20120827