Taiko Drummer
Painting by Urban DK, spray paint on hard laminated Masonite, 122 x 244 cm – 2005.
The painting Taiko Drummer was displayed on the exhibition, Japan - Culture and Art in the Edo Era (1603-1867) at Koldinghus Museum from 20th August 2005 until 8th January 2006.

The exhibition text for the painting: "Taiko Drummer 2005. Graffiti painting by URBAN DK. The painting is inspired by one of the huge taiko-drums from the Edo Era. The drums were used in warfare and today they are one of the most internationally known Japanese instruments."

The painting was created in connection with a graffiti competition in Holbæk - unfortunately not one of top-three paintings. Later on it was framed using birch logs cut down on the lot by my grandmothers summer cottage.

The art work Taiko Drummer, is an experiment of how motif, painting and frame play together and support each other, so they create a unified impression. The canvas is fastened on the frame the same way as a drumhead is fastened and the scene is a Japanese Taiko-drummer playing on one of the really big Taiko drums.

The word Taiko simply means drum in Japanese and Taiko drums are huge. They are made in sizes we know from congas all the way up the height of a man.
In feudal Japan the Taiko drum was used in warfare the same way Europeans used the marching drum to incite the soldiers, to set the marching pace and to bring messages to the troops. Today, the Taiko drum is an important part of the Japanese music culture.

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