Sho Shibuya’s thought-provoking paintings of the sunrise

“Sunrises From A Small Window” a series by Sho Shibuya 

Sho Shibuya is a New York-based artist and graphic designer and founder of PlaceholderNYC. His newest project titled, “Sunrises From A Small Window” explores his own necessary creative output. In March of 2020 COVID-19 hit New York City resulting in a quarantine of the entire city. Everyone handled the isolation differently but Sho used his small studio apartment in Brooklyn as fuel for his creative ventures. 

He looked out of the small windows of his apartment and saw colors of blue, pink, and burnt orange littering the sky. He thought of the captivating juxtaposition of the beautiful colors and the overwhelming anxiety-producing headlines of the day’s paper. He further expands in this quote, “ I was intrigued by the contrast between the chaos in the world and stunning sunrises every day”. 

He began to capture that contrast by reproducing the sunrises with paint and the New York Times daily paper. By covering the articles and headlines on the paper with the beautiful sunrises he strives to remind us all of the little moments of peace in a world full of sorrow and uncertainty.




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