1922 - 1995
Still Life with Japanese Oni Mask

Oil on canvas, signed and inscribed on reverse
Image size: 15 x 18 inches (38 x 45.75 cm)
Original frame


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This still life features a Japanese Oni mask. The Oni Mask is a powerful symbol of Japan’s rich culture and history. It is said to give the wearer immense power and protect them from harm. These masks depict the angry, red-faced demons of Japanese folklore, and are said to subdue and scare away evil spirits. They can also be worn as a protective talisman during festivals.

Oni masks have been used in a variety of ways over the years. They have been used as part of religious ceremonies, to ward off evil spirits and to protect people from harm. Oni masks are also often used in theatre productions and as part of traditional Japanese dance performances.

They are considered to be very auspicious symbols and are said to bring good luck to the wearer. Oni masks are now popular tourist souvenirs and are found in many gift shops throughout Japan. They are often considered to be good luck charms and are popular with people who want to bring a little bit of Japan’s rich culture and history home with them.



Stephen Andrews

Canadian artist, designer, teacher and writer Stephen James Andrews was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1922. Studied art at Winnipeg School of Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Camberwell School of Arts, London, England, privately with Martin Bloch in London, England, at the Académie Julian, Paris, France, and the Scuola del Mosaics, Ravenna, Italy. Andrews died in Spain in 1995.