There’s no question that Star Wars is an international phenomenon. Notwithstanding, the franchise has never been as successful in Asian markets, China in particular. Donnie Yen (Rogue One; Mulan) once spoke on the topic, noting that part of the reason for this disconnect is that Chinese audiences simply didn’t grow up with Star Wars as we did here in the United States. That’s not to say, however, that there are no fans at all. In fact, one Chinese artist is such a fan that he’s created a stunning new piece of Star Wars art tying the franchise to his Eastern culture.
“Star Wars is a story for the world,” says artist Huang Hai in speaking to starwars.com. The incredibly talented Chinese poster artist recently shared his vision of the franchise to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Star Wars art immediately captivates you, depicting a Jedi padawan in contemplation. The windows through which the young apprentice peers, though, are not what they seem. The padawan sees the galaxy through the mask of Darth Vader.
New Star Wars art, with an Eastern aesthetic
Hai would go on to note the parallels between the Jedi and ancient Chinese warriors: “Jedi have a lot in common with Xia Ke, the Chinese knights in the traditional martial arts novels. Both fascinate me.” That didn’t make the task of creating a unique piece of Star Wars art based on his own influences any easier, though. The artwork’s contemplative theme, “looking into oneself by looking into the Force,” is all about balance.
For Huang Hai, the Star Wars art he’s created is all about interpretation. “Everyone will come to their own conclusion. Star Wars is a universal story. Wherever we come from, we can always relate to this story and arrive at an understanding of our own.”