Lines and Colors art blog

Though I doubt they were intended to be so, the striking works of Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda, seen at this juncture, can seem chillingly prophetic.

The structures, shapes and waves of objects in his work are portrayed as enormous in scale, as revealed by the astonishingly complex textural elements of countless smaller items of which they are composed.

His works are large and created in pen ink and acrylic on paper mounted on board. The level of detail is striking, even though it is just hinted at in the images available on the web.

Ikeda was born in Saga and is now based in Tokyo. He studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

He is represented by the Mizuma Art Gallery, which has a selection of his work online. He doesn’t seem to have a dedicated web presence of his own (or else I don’t know how to find it as a Japanese language website).

The largest images I’ve been able to find are on Art Inconnu (click for larger versions). I’ve listed some articles and other resources below.

Ikeda is represented in the group exhibition now at the Japan Society in New York, Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, which runs until June 12, 2011.

[Via Art Daily]


3 responses to “Manabu Ikeda”

  1. These pieces are truly complex, but they are beautiful in their own ways. Would like to see more of this artist artworks. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The first three pictures seemed like a tsunami that strucked Japan. Indeed you’re right, the artist has a prophetic way to express his emotions.

    Such a breathtaking piece. Thanks for sharing.


  3. wow…what detailed pieces. his tree reminds me of a drawing i am working on now, that is taking forever…so curious how large his pieces are and how long it take him!!