Manabu Ikeda

Japanese painter Manabu Ikeda drafts large-scale imaginary worlds that intricately detail what the artist calls “the conflict and coexistence between man and nature.” Executed in fine point pens, inks, and acrylic pigments, the level of precision and complexity harkens back to the ancient Japanese craft tradition of Takumi. His subject matter, however, is simultaneously contemporary and timeless–drawn from current events and personal memories, his works have increasingly focused on natural catastrophes like earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear disasters.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Chinami Gallery in Nagano Prefecture and the West Vancouver Museum, among others. Ikeda has participated in group exhibitions at institutions including the Japan Society Gallery in New York, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum in Niigata Prefecture, and The National Art Center in Tokyo.