Japanese painter Mitsuhiro Ikeda examines place “where exterior and interior coexist” – picture feast

Mitsuhiro Ikeda returns to ShugoArts in September and October 2012 after a three year absence with a solo exhibition of oil on canvas and oil on cotton paintings.

“Location/dislocation”, a solo show by Japanese artist Mitsuhiro Ikeda at ShugoArts in Tokyo, examines the place “where exterior and interior coexist”. Art Radar brings you a selection of the work on display. 

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled," 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

The show displays fourteen of Ikeda’s oil on canvas and oil on cotton paintings created between 2011 and 2012 and marks the first solo show for the artist at ShogoArts since 2009. The exhibition will remain at the Tokyo gallery until 6 October 2012.

Ikeda seeks to draw the audience into the artwork by merging paint and space, and each painting features impenetrable backdrops and “distorted lines”. According to the ShugoArt’s website, “Ikeda is constantly thinking about how the viewer will interact with the painting, and how he can make the painting confront the viewer.

“The artist is interested in many different kinds of things … and he reflects his interest and what he loves to do in his works; …every show is different from [the] others. The new works always surprise us, and we … expect [a] surprise from [this] show,” states Satoko Oe, co-director of ShugoArts.

Installation view of the September-October 2012 exhibition "Location/Dislocation," by Mitsuhiro Ikeda, in Tokyo's ShugoArts Gallery.

Installation view of the September to October 2012 exhibition "location/dislocation" by Mitsuhiro Ikeda, in Tokyo's ShugoArts Gallery. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, "Untitled," 2011, oil on cotton. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2011, oil on cotton. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, "Untitled," 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, "Untitled," 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

The gap between the phenomenon depicted by the paint and the spaces created by Ikeda’s distorted lines stimulate the imagination of the viewer. And within that gap exist countless, indeterminate elements, floating as particles and fanning out like in a universe. The universe that exists inside that gap, which expands and contracts as though it was breathing, may be equivalent to the gaps that exist between our understandings of the world.

exhibition information, ShugoArts

Installation view of the September-October 2012 exhibition "Location/Dislocation," by Mitsuhiro Ikeda, in Tokyo's ShugoArt's Gallery.

Installation view of the September - October 2012 exhibition "location/dislocation," by Mitsuhiro Ikeda, in Tokyo's ShugoArt's Gallery. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, "Untitled," 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2012, oil on canvas. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, "Untitled," 2011, oil on cotton. Image courtesy of ShugoArts.

Mitsuhiro Ikeda, 'Untitled', 2011, oil on cotton. Image courtesy ShugoArts.

More on Mitsuhiro Ikeda

Ikeda (b. 1978, Japan) received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University in 2006. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 2004 and has received awards from Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Ueno Royal Museum. His artwork can be found in the collections of The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company, Takahashi Collection, Toyota Motor Corporation, UBS Bank Art Collection and The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum and has been sold at auction by Christie’s.

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Japanese painter Mitsuhiro Ikeda examines place “where exterior and interior coexist” – picture feast — 4 Comments

  1. I find this work to be of the same focus as my own. The wonderful use of atmospheric rendering mixed w implied motion reads sculpturally and definitely draws a viewer to new heights of awareness.
    Art as disturber Art as teacher Art as entertainer
    beautiful images bringing out spatial illusion very interesting

  2. I really like this fellow’s work! How exciting to get to write about such amazing folks…. So happy for you! I wish I could go see this exhibit

  3. Hi Misty-Dawn. So glad you enjoyed the article on Mitsuhiro Ikeda. It’s a great honor writing for Art Radar Asia! Keep an eye open for even more news regarding contemporary Asian artists and exhibitions.

  4. amazing work! i am elated to see such a beautiful display of humanity. cheers to the writer(s) and the artist who inspired it.

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