はじめまして。

クレヨン画家の松下孝行と申します。

私のオンラインギャラリーにお越しいただき、誠にありがとうございます。

皆さんは幼少時にクレヨンでなにか描いたことがあるでしょう。クレヨンは、他の画材と比べて、安全性が高く、扱いやすいことから幼児教育に取り入れられています。子どもの頃のイメージからか「クレヨン画」というと繊細さより、鮮やかな色と大胆なタッチの絵というイメージをお持ちの方が多いのではないでしょうか。しかし、それは思い込みかもしれません。クレヨンで描く世界は、画材のシンプルさを生かしつつ、繊細さや奥深さを表現することができます。また、油絵のような世界観も表現できます。それはクレヨン画の新たな魅力です。ぜひ、この機会にクレヨンで描く世界をご堪能ください。

さて、ここに掲載している作品のモチーフは、2000年に亡くなられたスイス出身の格闘家、アンディ・フグさん(以下敬称略)の軌跡です。今となっては彼の存在を知らない世代も増えてきていることでしょう。「不屈の鉄人」「青い目のサムライ」と呼ばれ、当時母国スイスだけでなく日本でも大変人気のあった格闘家です。彼の足跡(そくせき)については他でも数多く語られているのでここでは割愛させていただきたいと思います。

私が彼をモチーフに絵を描こうとした理由は、「自らの心の叫びを、魂が込められるものを、描くことで表現したい」ということです。その答えは私が尊敬し、メンターとしているアンディ・フグだったということです。私自身これまでの人生で紆余曲折あり、つらいときもありましたが、アンディ・フグの何度倒されても這い上がる姿、諦めない気持ちから幾度となく生きる勇気をもらってきました。

今回の作品たちを通して、私と同じように少しでも多くの人に活力を与えたり、何かを考えるきっかけづくりになったりすれば本望です。また、彼は生涯空手を愛し、最後は日本で死ぬことを望んだと伝えられています。

今まで日本を支えてきていただいた人たち、今支えている人たち、さらにこれから日本を支えていく人たちへ。さまざまな人たちにとって日本について今一度顧みる機会になればと思います。そして少しでも日本が元気に、より良くなる小さなきっかけになれればこれ以上の幸せはありません。

それではクレヨン画で甦るアンディ・フグの軌跡を、どうぞご堪能ください。

松下 孝行

If the meanings of the Japanese version and English translation version do not match, the Japanese version takes precedence.

It is a pleasure to meet you.

My name is Takayuki Matsushita and I am a crayon artist.

Thank you very much for visiting my online gallery.

This message is directed at Japanese people but I think that my works can be equally enjoyed by people of other nationalities too. I hope that you can feel something as a result of these works created in crayon.

I suppose that everyone has enjoyed drawing with crayons in their childhood. Crayons, unlike other artistic materials, are very safe and easy to handle, and are thus introduced to children’s education in Japan. The image that most people will have from their childhood of “crayon art” is pictures with a bold touch using vivid colors rather than anything delicate. However, this may just be prejudice. The world drawn with crayons, while maintaining simplicity of artistic materials, can also express delicacy and depth. It is also possible to depict a view of the world as seen in oil paintings. I hope you can take this opportunity to dive in to the world drawn by crayons.

The motif for the products listed here is the rise of the Swiss martial artist Andy Hug (honorifics omitted), who died in the year 2000. As time goes on the number of generations who do not know of him are increasing. He was called the “indomitable iron man” and the “blue-eyed samurai”, and he was extremely popular as a fighter, not only in his native Switzerland, but also in Japan. As his footprint has been discussed in many places around the world, I shall omit it here.

The reason that I chose to use him as a motif in my art is that I “wanted to express myself by depicting the silent scream inside us that reveals the yearning of the soul”. I respect the response to this and consider Andy Hug to be a mentor. In my life until now there have been twists and turns, and I have faced difficult times. However, the vision of Andy Hug picking himself up, however many times he is knocked down, and never giving up has given me the courage to live.

It was my long-cherished ambition, just as I do in these works, to give some vitality, however, small to a large number of people and stimulate them to think. Also, with his lifetime love of Karate, it is said that in the end he wanted to die in Japan.

To all those people who have supported Japan until now, to those people supporting Japan now, and to those who will support Japan moving forward. I hope that it will many different people the opportunity to reflect once again on Japan. Nothing would give me greater pleasure if this provided a small stimulus to make a brighter and better Japan.

I hope you will enjoy looking at the rise of Andy Hug, brought back to life through crayons.

Takayuki Matsushita

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