EXCLUSIVE: TMNT/The Legend of the Yokai Art by Rhys Cooper


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This summer a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released to audiences worldwide. After winning the box office race its opening weekend (as well as dominating across the globe), Paramount Pictures introduces fans to The Legend of the Yokai, an online art exhibition that explores the origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles based on ancient Japanese tales revered to as Kappa.

Australian based illustrator Rhys Cooper joins the ranks of many other artists from around the world, including fellow Australian artist’s such as Numskull, Rone and Anthony Lister.

Rhys Cooper has created a Turtles inspired work based off his unique artistic style highlighting characters from the movie.

Take a look .

Rhys Cooper – TMNT -2014

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – “Legend of the Yokai” Artist Initiative
Before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerged from their lair to protect New York City from the sinister Shredder and his Foot Clan soldiers, there were four heroic “Kappa” (ancient turtle warriors who vowed to protect a humble village from the demonic Yokai).Paramount Pictures is taking movie fans back in time, to an age of tradition, mystery and magic. In a collaboration with distinguished artists from around the world, “The Legend of the Yokai” is a new experience that explores the secret origins of the Ninja Turtles. Based on traditional folklore, “The Legend of the Yokai” tells the epic tale of a village over-run by an evil warlord and his army of demon monsters. When all hope seems lost, the wishes of an innocent girl summon forth the heroic kappa turtles, who abide by the pillars of honor, courage, wisdom and brotherhood, fighting side-by-side to vanquish this fearsome evil. Featuring artwork based on these four ideals created by over a 30 artists from 16 different countries, “The Legend of the Yokai” brings an ancient epic to life and connects it to a new generation of heroes: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For more on this piece of art and works from artists around the world visit http://www.LegendoftheYokai.com

About Rhys Cooper (Artist)
Rhys Cooper is an Australian based illustrator from Melbourne, known for his screen printed rock n roll gig posters and film based art prints. His past clients include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Bronx , Pearl Jam, Star Wars, G.I Joe, Avengers, Breaking Bad and others. Working in his iconic graphic metal style, Rhys’s work is recognized by both art and music lovers alike worldwide.
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