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Masaya Ike

  • Twilight, 2017
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 57 x 24.5 x 22 cm
  • W# IKM-07

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  • Woman-Life, 2017- Archive -
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 61 x 28 x 20 cm
  • W# IKM-06

  • Woman - Gracefulness, 2017
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    h 58 x 28 x 23 cm
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  • Allure, 2017- Archive -
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    h 43 x w 24 x d 22 cm
  • Mononofu, 2015
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 20 x 41 x 19 cm
    Edition 3
  • Ike expresses the strength of the spirit in this piece. Mononofu means samurai in medieval Japanese. Ike’s original technique of mixing “Yahazu” with wide bamboo strips creates space surrounded by an impression of samurai armor. This expresses the calm state of one’s mind, but could also be translated as the spiritual state of nothingness. The curved arch on the underside also shows the flexibility of bamboo.

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  • Aspiration to Greatness, 2014·2016
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 12 x 12 x 12 cm
  • This piece shows Ike’s aspiration to accumulate virtues and be of upstanding character. It uses both old and new techniques. The projections from the surface are made using an old technique called “Yahazu” but combining those projections together with wide bamboo strips is a new technical challenge.

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  • Woman, 2016- Archive -
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 43 x 24 x 22 cm
  • After abundant research, Ike used straight thin Takehigo (bamboo strips) and created a lithe organic sculpture almost as though made by clay. The recent changes in life of the artist, who recently started a family, can also be found in the work.

Masaya Ike
Born in Fukuoka, Japan
Graduated from Oita Prefectural Technical Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts, Oita, Japan
Graduated from Beppu Advanced Industrial Arts and Technology Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts, Oita, Japan
New Face Award, 19th Japan Bamboo Arts Exhibition, Tochigi, Japan
New Wave: Oita Bamboo Art exhibition, Beppu City Museum, Oita, Japan
Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery exhibition, Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego, USA
​International Hokuriku Kogei Summit: World Kogei Selection of 100 Exhibition, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan
​Judging Committee’s Special Award, ​22nd Japan Bamboo Arts Exhibition​, Tochigi, Japan
2018 -19
Japon-Japonismes, Objets inspirés 1867-2018, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

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