Yabusame Archer


Emerging in the 9th century in Japan, a special group of performers, as opposed to warriors, rode on horseback with bows in a ritual to please the Gods and heads of state.

It was thought that "Yabusame as a martial art helped a samurai learn concentration, discipline, and refinement," and these highly trained archers seemed like the perfect subject matter for a large-scale, monochromatic painting that would both complement and stand in stark contrast to another one of David's samurai pieces In Death, The Demons Sleep.

Painting Process
David used a custom mix of red enamels to develop the dynamic, yet simplistic splattered background and then created the entire underpainting in white gouache so that he could highlight and recess features without competing with the extensive enamel line work.

Paper Prints
The 12 x 18 Yabusame Archer prints are produced with archival ink on glossy paper and are perfect for those of you who prefer to frame your art. 

Canvas Prints
The ready-to-hang Yabusame Archer canvas prints are produced with archival ink on museum-grade, gallery-wrapped canvas and extend 1.25 inches off the wall, so there's no need for a frame. There are several sizes available and each limited-edition giclee is signed and numbered out of only 40 Artist Proofs. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery of canvas prints, as they are custom-built at the time the order is placed.

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