Ikeda: New Works
Reception Friday Evening,
September 4, 2015, 5 to 8 p.m.
This month Lanning Gallery showcases new work by
Neo-Expressionist Homare Ikeda. Both large paintings and
smaller mixed media monotypes will be showcased, pieces
that are at once playful and sophisticated.
The artist, whose international reputation continues to
grow, is currently not only a successful fine artist but
also a long-time professor of art in Colorado, a
location he came to love after earning his BFA and MFA
from the University of Colorado. But it is the influence
of his unique homeland that makes the artwork of Homare
Ikeda stand out. From the small island of Yoron, off the
coast of Japan, Ikeda expresses in his paintings an
intimate knowledge of the sea, its intricacies as the
source of all life, the shapes of its coastlines and
coral reefs, and the nuance of its waters.
It is water’s often microscopic detail that emerges as
frequent form on canvas in Ikeda’s paintings. His are
joyful images, shapes and lines that capture both detail
and broad stroke, images that celebrate the creation of
life itself as they ask viewers to also look deeper at
all that creation implies.
The exhibition includes many of the mixed media
monotypes that offer collectors the opportunity to
acquire smaller works by Homare Ikeda. These are
increasingly hard to come by now that Ikeda is
concentrating his efforts on larger scale oil and
“Homare Ikeda: New Works” through September 13th.
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