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Strong passion for art, fashion, culture and anything that makes our lives beautiful. Over 20 years experience in branding and marketing of global consumer brands. World traveler. Lived in the Netherlands, US and France. Currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Teppei Ikehira from his private exhibition ”今を灯して(Lighting up the present)” – Part I

There are two pieces of oil painting by Teppei Ikehira (池平撤兵)hanging on the wall in my living room. One is a college of polar bear, salmon, blue and white colored ripples, flowers in red, pink and orange. Another is a collage of lots of titmouses, lots of pink tulips, fried eggs, a windmill, a little girl with a sort of European traditional costume like with blue sky with some white clouds on the back. How I describe his painting in detail, it would be hard to imagine how it looks like. The motifs in a canvas is so versatile. It is hard to believe such diversified and unrelated motifs can be harmonized in one frame.

He had his personal show in hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO until yesterday and I could be there barely in the last day.

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居場所を知ったものたち


They know their place


2016 242.0cm x 324.0cm


oil on canvas

How many different objects do you find in the above painting. You may wonder by the choice of diversified motifs from animals, fishes, cakes, children, fried eggs, Onigiri (rice balls), fruits, juices, UFO, and so on. Depending on a place you pay attention, you have a different discovery.  Even after spending sometime searchingly looking by part by part, I felt as if  there is a new motif added one after another.

Ikehira told me that the way such versatile motifs be together in the canvas is just like what we are living in this world with numberless different living creatures. We have somehow a harmony to belong to one world. Ikehira said he draws each motif one by one with high concentration as if each creature lives one’s life with own faith.

”Ibasho (your place) is not necessary a defined space, but exists within the relations with surroundings. To be exact, Ibasho exists inner self and can be visualized by the relations with surroundings”

“居場所とは具体的な決まった空間のことではなく、周囲との関係性の中にある。さらにもっと正確にいうと居場所とは自分の内側にあり、周囲との関係性の中で可視化できるようになるものである”

Ikehira Teppei 戦場の産声

戦場の産声

For The Babies At War
 2017 
162.0cm x 162.0cm

Oil on canvas

Teppei Ikehira

池平 徹兵 / IKEHILA Teppei

1978
Born in Fukuoka
2001
Graduated from Course of Health and Physical Education, Department of School Teachers’ Training, Faculty of Education, Shimane University
2013
Selected for the 16th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporar y Art Lives in Tokyo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2000
“Blue Earth,” Galler y at Shimane Art Museum ( 01, 03, 06, 09, 12 )
2007
“Storehouse of the wing,” HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo
2011
“OFFICE BACTERIA Universe,” Medical Science Museum, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo “OFFICE BACTERIA Universe / Planet,” Galler y Conceal, Tokyo
2013
” Asa no Risoukyo,” Shonandai MY Galler y, Tokyo

Workshops and Public Projects

2006
mural painting, Hasu to Bara, Tokyo
2007
mural painting, IGL Complex Facility for the Elderly Seifu Shinto, Hiroshima mural painting, Samuel Saijo Nurser y, Hiroshima
2012
Koinobori,” Tachikawa City Civic Hall and Granduo Tachikawa, Tokyo

poster, “Biofilms 5 International Conference,” Paris

mural painting, Chaplin, Daimaru Tokyo

Bibliography

  • Briandet, Romain. “Biofilms, quand les microbes s’organisent,” éditions Quæ, 2012, pp. 26, 27

I will write more about him at the next post so stay tuned!

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Meeting with U-die part III

In part II, I  picked up Marilyn Monroe’s portrait from “Are ni tsuite no mudabanashi” series. This series has other portraits of Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa and Gandi. He envisions this series expandable to a movie.

Michael Jackson

Gandie, Teresa

Besides “Are nitrite no mudabanashi” series that I introduced in Part II, U-die has a alphabetical portrait series of well known people, starting from A:Albert Einstein, B:Bob Marley, D: Lady Diana. Lady Diana is his recent work that he presented at this year’s Art fair Tokyo.

Lady Diana.jpg

Photo from Onomichi Art Biotop

He created many portraits, but the style is versatile. For “Are ni tsuiteno mudabanashi” series, outline and letters are firstly output to either paper or canvas then he add colors on by using pencil, marker or acrylic paint. As for alphabetic series, he reflect the motif for the choice of tools. Blackboard and chalk for Einstein, canvas made of linen and rasta colour acrylic paint for Bob Marley, water colour painting paper of Royal warrant and water paint.

You see U-dai’s playfulness every bit of his creation and a choice of tools. U-die doesn’t want to limit himself in particular style of expression. Imagination is his driver and think about what is the most suitable way to deliver it.  Acrylic, pencil, water paint, 3D, movie…..if you are interested in other work of U-die. you can find some in Onomichi art biotop site.

His work is so refined. He could barely creates one piece a year or every two years. Building his portfolio and holding his personal exhibition soon may be his live concern. I am certainly one of those who are looking forward to it.

His work is managed and well taken care of by Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka last 8 years since U-die graduated from university. If you have a chance to be in Osaka, why don’t you visit the gallery. It is located in a center of Shinsaibashi area in Osaka.

Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery: 

ADDRESS.

Shinsaibashi Inoue Bldg. 1-3-10
Shinsaibashi-Suji Chuo-ku.Osaka
542-0085.Japan

TEL +81 (0)6-6245-5347

Go to Meeting with U-die part I

Go to Meeting with U-die part II

 

Wonderland: teamLab Planets TOKYO

Infinite crystal rays, Koi on water surface, floating balls, falling flowers from the sky.  Stray in urban Wonderland. Lie down on floor and look up flowers falling from the sky. Don’t worry if you feel getting lost. There is a way out!

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The Infinite Crystal Universe – A movie is here

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Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers – take a look at the dreamy flowers from here.

teamLab Planets TOKYO

Term:  July 7, 2018 – Fall 2020

Hours:  9:00 – 24:00 (Last admission 23:00)

Closing Day:  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Address:  teamLab Planets TOKYO, Toyosu 6-1-16, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Meeting with U-die part II

Marilyn u-die

At the last post, I introduced about a young Japanese artist, U-die. His 110cm wide 116 cm long art piece of ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is composed with delicate mosaic work. The mosaic is actually made by Manga with a story of Marilyn Monroe. U-die carefully puts a piece of cartoon together in a way that a part of illastrations structures Marilyn’s face parts and hairs.

Marilyn Monroe part

U-die, Saitama prefecture based artist, was interested in artwork with gimmickry like double image for some time, in which some small pieces of photos and illustrations are put together and form other larger artwork.

His interest was beyond just putting small mosaic together. He wanted to find a way to create a relation between the small pieces constructing the large image and the created image.

The idea of using a cartoon came from his hobby. He started using a frame of cartoon as a piece of mosaic.  With this, he can put an episode of portrayed person in the cartoon and make a connection to the portrait.

His first art piece that he created with this style was when he was a university student. He chose Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫) as the first motif of portrait.  Osamu Tezuka is a legendary Japanese cartoonist, who created world well-known manga series such as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack. U-die wanted to show his respect to the king of Manga if he is going to uses cartoon for the mosaic piece.

U-die creates a story of cartoon based on a true episode of the portrayed character. Then, he lets cartoon personalities talk about the portrayed character without mentioning the name. A reader will finally grasp who the cartoon personas are talking about after going through the story to the end. That is why the series of portrait including Marilyn Monroe is named as  “アレについてのムダ話 (An empty talk about that person)”. By now, the story of cartoon is only written in Japanese, but I hope one day U-die will create a work in English!

The creation process is quite elaborate. He firstly outputs outline and text of cartoon on paper or canvas, then colors on it by pencil, marker and acrylic painting.

You can see and purchase some of U-die’s work at Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka. If you have a chance,  go and visit the gallery.

At the next post, I will introduce some more work of U-die, so stay tuned….

Meeting with U-die: a pleasure of discovery

My first encounter with a work of U-die, a young Japanese artist and painter, was at Art fair Tokyo in March.
Two portraits fearuting Marilyn Monroe and Lady Diana were hang next each other.

At the first glance, I thought these are just another portraits of iconic faces of famous people that many artists have created by now, including the famous silkscreen by Andy Walhol.  Then, my eyes gradually started recognising a very minute something filled in the painting.  I walked closer to the painting and realized that the detail of the lines and colours composing the portrait is actually made by ‘manga’ look-like drawing.  I still remember the pleasant surprise by saying aloud “WOW”.

I am going to write more about U-die in the next post. In the mean time, enjoy his great artwork and discovering what is hidden.

Marilyn u-die

Season’s greetings

May this season bring

lots of joy and love upon the family.

Stay Blessed.

邦楽2.0: “Hogaku 2.0” by Yukihiro ATSUMI

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“The groove of Japanese court music draws the shape of the figure eight “8”, while Jazz groove draws the shape of oval. Storing a sound and put it down.”

Yukihiro ATSUMI, a Japanese guitarist said.

Each type of music has a specific formula, kata (型)in Japanese. ATSUMI has moved his base to Kyoto from Tokyo three years ago, in order to learn and analyze such formula of Japanese court music and he there systemized next generation of Japanese music = “Hogaku 2.0” by hoping that it will be a good entry point for the classics.

The new method of Japanese music generated from “Hogaku 2.0″ is used in his recently released album called “Japanese Guitar Song Book”. The album includes cover songs from the period of Nara, Edo, Meiji, Showa, Heisei and newly composed by Atsumi himself, played only with guitar.

Covered songs collected in the album sound new and original, but nostalgic feeling is attached to it.

How do you find it?

If you are interested in the album, you can download the album from this link.

and

His Japanese guitar song book playlist is available on Youtube.