KEN NAKAHASHI is very pleased to announce “Star Child”, a solo exhibition by Yukimasa Ida, the first show since the gallery’s change of name, to be held from November 25 (Fri) until December 24 (Sat), 2016.
Yukimasa Ida’s work focuses on the memories of “Ichigo-Ichie”, portraying the fleeting, chance encounter of people that surround him in the present moment. His paintings explore the depth of people and converts this into a fixed state of existence, giving his subjects a sense of eternity that forms a vivid impression on the viewer. The paint on his canvas overcome any spatial boundaries and move freely. There is no fixed dimension and this evokes the expression of the subject, their constantly stirring emotions, passions, life and their invisible flow of time.
On why this show is titled “Star Child”, the artist explains, “I believe that I must paint what is in front of my eyes because I was born in this world. I paint so that I may encounter the people living in this time and space that I am also living in, in the future and the past.”
Yukimasa Ida was born in 1990 in Tottori. Ida obtained a B.F.A. in oil painting from Tokyo National University of the Arts. From an early age, Ida stayed indoors in order to paint and has held many solo and group exhibitions as a student. In January 2016 he participated in a group show titled “LOIVE” at matchbaco. In March, his works were exhibited in “VOCA 2016” by the recommendation of Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum’s curator Akira Nonaka. In May, he received the Nawa Kohei Prize at the 3rd annual CAF Art Award 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation, and has since gained widespread public attention. His works are already part of public collections, including the Yusaku Maezawa collection and have been purchased by many individual collectors both in Japan and internationally.
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum’s curator, Akira Nonaka, comments on Ida’s works in the recommendation letter for “VOCA” as follows, “Ida’s works have nothing to do with emotion. The image produced by the paint and the materialistic existence that the paint bears are intertwined in a complex way so that the picture is on the verge of rupture with chaos and order, critically contending against each other. He keeps paintings and scrapping, scrapping and painting. Through such repetition, he discerns the moment quality and quantity are achieved in the image and tries to give form to the existence of the subject itself within the pictorial space. The picture is full of Ida’s concentration and tension.”
Kohei Nawa, sculptor, contemporary artist and the 3rd CAF Art Award juror comments, “Themes of violence can be seen in Yukimasa Ida’s painting. How he uses the paint, how he treats the image, how he limits the time to paint - this process forces a sense of violence.”
This is Ida’s first exhibition at KEN NAKAHASHI and will comprise mainly of new paintings that he worked on in New York last September and October.