Jun INOUE is a Japanese contemporary artist. His unique style of live, adrenaline-charged performance painting displays the metaphysical dimension of his works.
Jun was born in 1981 and raised in regional Kanagawa, where he studied traditional Japanese calligraphy, and where his grandfather, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. Jun has been creating since he was a boy. Highly influenced by the American youth culture, including hip-hop music and fashion, the artist reflected them to his works of graffiti. It was not until he studied art after high school that he began to identify with his Japanese roots and incorporate his culture into his works. Jun is a key figure among current Tokyo street artists. His works are a combination of two very different styles of art – shodo, traditional Japanese calligraphy, and raku-gaki, or graffiti. This mixture culminates the energetic, vivid and edgy pieces. By uniting the two styles, the artist has re-translated and revived traditional Japanese art to the younger Japanese population and to the western world. Jun is a member of The 81 Bastards, a crew consisting of five leading young painters of Tokyo, each representing a rebellious new wave of Japanese art with a goal to redefine live performance painting.