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Keisuke Teshima

The image of the Dragon is revered around the world as the incarnation of God from ancient times and is a testament of Luck. An ancient painting technique, Teshima embodies the tradition and spirit of the “One-Stroke Dragon” style with contemporary ideals. Through drawing the body of a dragon in a single perfect stroke with a large sumi brush and watercolor, the artist can bring people luck in whatever they seek, such as perfect health, the realization of great ambition, children, a good marriage, and more. The painting is to be used as a lucky charm and to be displayed prominently in a person’s home.


Keisuke Teshima was born in 1975 in Fukuoka, Japan. He trained in traditional Buddhist Art techniques in 2003 and began studying the “One-Stroke Dragon” style in 2011, while working as an altar craftsman restoring Buddhist altars. Honing his skills through daily devotion at the Buddhist monastery in Nikko, Japan, he studied with three masters of the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique. He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan. In 2013, he became actively based in Fukuoka as one of only four artists in the world to master the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique.