Light house

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  • Title: Light House
  • Artist: Ikeda Manabu
  • Date: 2009
  • Material: Pen and Ink
  • Size: 22 X 27.3 cm
  • The task of Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu is seemingly impossible: a blank paper canvas larger than a person spread before him, a small acrylic pen in his hand, and hundreds of days to fill with faintly imperceptible progress from a mind brimming with explosive creativity. Manabu works in areas measuring roughly 4″ square, spending eight hours a day, often for years, on a single drawing that can eventually dominate an entire wall. The most unbelievable aspect being that Manabu has no idea what the final artwork will look like, but instead explores each work organically from day to day as he progresses inch by inch.
  • Born 1973 in Saga, Japan, Manabu Ikeda he now lives and works in Tokyo. He earned a BA in design in 1998 from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, completing his MA at the same school in 2000. Besides several group and solo exhibitions in Japan, he has shown his work in Korea; in Canada; in Berlin, Karlsruhe and Dresden in Germany; and in Torino, Italy. His work will be shown in the US for the first time in the Japan Society’s upcoming show “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art“
  • I chose this work of art because there was so much time put into this work of art that it definitely deserves to be appreciated. I love the emotion and despair in the picture as the lighthouse is collapsing. The texture and detail is absolutely incredible. The crashing of the waves onto the light house add a very angry feel to the picture but i adore the movement and emotion that there detail adds. There is so much to this work of art that i could never talk about every aspect that i like, i just like the entire work of art.
  • References:
  • http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/06/master-of-pen-and-ink-the-monumental-drawings-of-ikeda-manabu/
  • http://www.escapeintolife.com/artist-watch/manabu-ikeda/
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