"I did these saws just for 1xRUN. Though I’ve painted a good amount of saws in the past for either commission or personal projects, these were created specifically for this release.
The idea was simple, 1xRun came up a list of words, I chose words from that list and painted them on these saws. I tried not to think of the words, but instead took inspiration from the sequence of letters and thought what style of letters would look good with each word. I also chose colors for the same reason. So basically the way I chose the letter styles and colors was not based on the meaning of the words, but rather the visual aspect of them.
All the letters are hand drawn on these nice antique saws from the antique capital New England, made and crafted right here in America! " - Kenji Nakayama
This original piece of artwork comes signed by Kenji Nakayama and with a Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.
ABOUT Kenji Nakayama:
Kenji Nakayama is an artist originally from Hokkaido, Japan. Formerly working as an engineer in Japan, Kenji made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study the antiquated art of sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art-making. Kenji's diverse practice ranges from careful pinstriping and hand painted lettering to hand-cut, multi-layered stencil paintings. His body of work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly-trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay serve as direct sources of inspiration. He currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.