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

At Part I, I introduced Teppei Ikehara‘s art piece, titled ’They know their place’.

Ikehira told me that he started painting it with ‘a boy cuddling a tiger’. Can you locate the little boy?  It is drawn at the lower part of left corner.

Teppei Ikehira 1

a boy with a tiger

One day Ikehira brought back a stuffed tiger from neighbor restaurant to surprise his son expected to be home from school.  Against the odds, the son started cuddling the tiger and that became an inspiration for Ikehira to start out the work.

Ikehira said that he normally doesn’t have full picture how he wants to finish a work when he started.  The finished work is so to say a consequence of accumulated daily inspiration.

“I intuitively find a motif that interests me and carefully draw it with high concentration and in detail.  I continuously find such  interesting motifs from daily life, so I have a plenty of sources.”

Ikehira‘s inspiration comes from a slice of daily life. Interaction with his children, orange tree in his back yard, insects, birds coming to his house, a picture in a magazine he happens to read, etc, etc. Anything could be sufficient to keep his fire going.

Looking at countless motifs scattered like stars on canvas, my mind traveled with memories, was stimulated with new encounters and felt like dreaming. I may have had a some kind of simulated experience through Ikehira’s artwork.

Ikehira‘s work is exhibited at Corridor Gallery 34, Park Hotel Tokyo this month. Don’t miss the chance!

Teppei Ikehila TOKYO MERMAID PRINCESS
Date: September 1, 2018 (Sat.) – September 30, 2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Place: Corridor Gallery 34, Park Hotel Tokyo (34F)
Fare: Admission Free

At the next post, I will touch on some more Ikehira‘s creations.

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.

Teppei Ikehira 1

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!