Bridging East and West: The Enduring Influence of Eastern Art

Bridging East and West: The Enduring Influence of Eastern Art

Artistic expression knows no boundaries, and throughout history, the exchange of ideas and influences between Eastern and Western cultures has profoundly shaped the art world.

The allure of Eastern art has captivated many artists over the years, leading to a fascinating fusion of styles, techniques, and philosophies. In this blog, we embark on a journey, exploring the transformative influence of Eastern art.

The Sublime Beauty of Eastern Landscapes

Eastern landscapes, with their emphasis on capturing the sublime beauty of nature, have profoundly influenced Western art. The meticulous brushwork, delicate compositions, and reverence for the spiritual essence of nature found in traditional landscape paintings inspired many artists to explore new ways of depicting the natural world.

Danielle O'Connor Akiyama is an example of this, where she was inspired by Japanese brush painting, after she completed rigorous study in Sumi-e she was honoured with the Sumi-e Master’s Seal by the head sensei of the Nanga School. The name given in recognition of her spirited brushstroke was “chi-sho”- a source of joy. The unique East meets West fusion began to blossom and become singularly identifiable with the irresistible style we see in her work today.

 The Allure of Asian Prints: Japonism and Beyond

The proliferation of Asian prints, particularly Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, in the late 19th century sparked a phenomenon known as Japonism. Western artists, including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, were captivated by the bold colors, flattened perspectives, and everyday subject matter depicted in these prints. The influence of Asian prints permeated various art movements, such as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, leaving an indelible mark on Western art.

Influenced by their travels, artistic trio Troika begin each painting by preparing stencils and patterns which they create digitally and then work on by hand. They then build up the canvas layer by layer using mixed media and painted mediums that are inspired by the Far East. Using layers and layers of stencils to create the image, often placing a figurative element as the final step. 

As one of the foremost figurative artists of our time Fabian Perez has explored many different paths over the years. In his search for greater self expression and artistic truth, his work brings together a broad range of life stories drawn from many sources close to his heart. From the geisha of Japan’s flower towns to the couples who haunt the night clubs of Buenos Aires, all these characters have a story to tell of their disparate and intriguing lives.

Calligraphy and Brushwork: Expressive Aesthetics

The expressive aesthetics of calligraphy and brushwork in Eastern art have had a profound impact. The fluidity and spontaneity of brushstrokes found in Chinese and Japanese calligraphy have inspired Western artists seeking to explore new ways of conveying emotions and energy in their works. Artists like Danielle O’Connor Akiyama incorporate elements of Japanese brushwork into her abstract expressionist paintings, resulting in dynamic and evocative compositions.


Vichit Nongnual is one of the rising stars of contemporary Asian art. Vichit's works are both original and technically highly competent. Vichit uses the human face as a canvas to interpret the inner workings of the mind. Striking portraits are interrupted by symbols of meaning; clouds, and smoke are cast across the facial landscapes.  His originals works are powerful and impressive.

Eastern and Western Art Today

Contemporary artists are increasingly engaging in cross-cultural dialogue, blending Eastern and Western artistic traditions to create innovative and thought-provoking works. This fusion of influences reflects a globalised world, where cultural exchange is celebrated, and artistic boundaries are pushed.

The exquisite work by Chaiyapong creates unique portraits of women from around the world, made up of intricate linier lines, most commonly following to form the bonsai tree. 

Acclaimed artist Alexander Rhys is inspired by urban and rural settings, and often explores the contrast in eastern and western approaches to art and culture in his artwork.  Working first with acrylics which he uses as a tool to build up the layered texture, Rhys then moves on to spray cans which introduce a sense of freedom and unpredictability, he is fascinated by the individual contribution and effect of visual elements such as colour, pattern, stencils and texture. 

Thai based artist Puritat is renowned for featuring delicate portraits with an Asian influence. His work exemplifies this dynamic cultural exchange and its transformative impact on the contemporary art scene, by incorporating modern comics as a backdrop, he then masterfully paints his muse onto the canvas in a traditional portrait style.

The fusion of Eastern and Western styles in artwork is a testament to the power of cultural exchange and the universality of artistic expression. As we celebrate the enduring influence of Eastern art, let us embrace the beauty of diverse artistic traditions and recognize the transformative power of intercultural dialogue in shaping the art world.

The special artworks evoke memories or an inspiration to visit new places, and the more spiritual form of art inspires love and good energy which is brought into the home.

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