Hiroshi Ariyama, designer and screen printer, is a resident artist at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. With a background in photography, he elevates screen printing to fine art with his graphic depictions of Chicago landmarks and everyday observations.
ArtStyle: Why did you decide to go into printmaking?
Hiroshi Ariyama (HA): I've been a creative person, working for ad agencies and design consultancies, but in that capacity there's always someone who's going to say “yes” or “no” to what I produce, and they put their two cents in and thereby nothing is purely mine. I think there's some part of me that needed to satisfy that aspect of being pure — producing something from beginning to the end. It was a driving force behind why I started screen printing.
I have a lot of photography and printing background, so screen printing was an interesting method for me to pursue because it involves my core competencies. There's a lot of room for me to express myself and produce a very unique piece of art. In my work, I discovered something interesting — a picture taken during the day could be turned into a twilight or evening scene with great effect.
5 pm. Courtesy of the Artist.