Kure, August 1945  
Artist: John Meeks
Original painting is oil on canvas measuring approx 20" x 30"
Limited Edition Prints (100) available measuring 11" x 8.5" 
Subject: Japanese I-Boats I-53 and I-58 surrendered in Kure Harbor

The story behind the painting...

The artist says.....

The real story behind this one ... is the painting itself!

You see, I wanted to do this one for a long time, but it was a little risky. I had seen a "technique" (or perhaps one might say, a "gimmick") used by Japanese propaganda illustrators during WWII. It appealed to me as being quite effective and attractive ... but a little bizarre. However, I have decided to give it a try.

Essentially, I have painted the foreground subjects as 'photorealistically' as possible, whilst the background (and the whole spirit of the piece) tries to capture the traditional (Meisho e ) style of a Japanese woodblock.

(All you kids at home ... don't try this! It only seems to work with Japanese subjects ... and I take no responsibility for any repercussions you may incur ... such as ridicule from fellow artists, or worse ...!)

Sooo ... there you go! 
You may be the judge(s) ....!

Other than that, this is a simple , rather placid study of the two I-Boats I-53 and I-58 as they sat in the harbor at Kure, following the surrender to allied forces in 1945.


Originally aircraft carrying boats, these submarines had both had their hangars and catapults removed during the previous year as they were converted to Kaiten (Suicide, manned-torpedo) carriers. Like nearly all of the other submarines and surface ships collected in Kure at that time, they were soon to be sunk by the US Navy.

What a great shame that at least one of them was not preserved for historical purposes.....

Limited Edition Print
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