Roland VersaUV Printer Reproduces Japan’s Famous Ceiling Art

Roland DG has partnered with an interactive art exhibition in Tokyo to produce a high resolution digital reproduction of renowned artist Katsushika Hokusai’s ceiling painting titled “Phoenix Glaring in All Directions”.

Phoenix glaring in all directions at Gansho-in Temple in Nagano

“The remarkable artwork is currently displayed in the main hall of Gansho-in Temple in Obuse, Nagano Prefecture,” said Roland DG. “The famous artist Hokusai, who died at the age of 90, painted this work during his last years, and it is said to be the largest such painting (5.5 m deep × 6.3 m width).”

The high-resolution digital reproduction – printed on a VersaUV LEC2-640 UV printer cutter – will be on display as the centerpiece of the “Digital x Hokusai” interactive art exhibition to be held from June 2, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.

The ceiling painting was digitized by Ars Techne Corporation., an NTT ArtTechnology partner, using its patented DTIP, a high-definition three-dimensional texture image processing technology. Ars Techne estimated and restored incomplete paint areas and performed a multi-layer treatment for each texture. Based on this high-precision data of approximately 30 billion pixels, Roland DG produced the image in its original size using a VersaUV LEC2-640.

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“Our LEC2-640 UV inkjet printer [pictured above] was used to print the reproduction of the original painting,” said Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG.

“This project required not only a wide color gamut and accurate color reproduction, but also the need to faithfully reproduce the texture of the paint and the handmade brushstroke, the shine of the gold leaf and the reflections of oil ink and smoke. , which is a unique highlight of this work. The expressive power of our UV inkjet printer, capable of printing special effects, was indispensable in this process.”

Manabu Kunieda, President and CEO of NTT ArtTechnology, said, “By using digital technology, we can now see works of art that previously could only be seen on location, in an environment accessible to everyone, regardless of whether space, distance or time. will not only protect valuable cultural assets, but also open up new possibilities for the enjoyment of culture and the arts and lead to people-to-people interaction and regional revitalization.”