“I select what I purely want to paint. If I force myself to draw something I am unwilling, I would likely get bored. Forcing me is sometime not endurable.”
As Ikehira mentioned, his style is elastic. It flows to diversified directions with a various choice of motives, compositions and colours. It reflects his encounters in his life. Painting may be like his life itself.
Ikehira says that purchasing and hanging a piece of art is not the end of a journey for an appreciator, but is just a beginning.
Indeed, with versatile motives in his paintings, I have a new discovery, a new encounter and a new experience. It unnoticeably becomes a part of my memory and comes back with nostalgia. It is as if I am on a trip with a ticket handed by Ikehira in my hand and wondering where I am taken to. I certainly can’t wait to see it.