Every once in a while an artist is found that just demands their work to be noticed with a deafening roar of quality.
Yukimasa Ida is just that artist, born in Tottori in 1990 and today living and working in Tokyo. He attended Tokyo University of the Arts in 2014. Since then Ida has been steadily building his name through many group and solo exhibitions in Japan and exhibited in art fairs across Asia including China, Taiwan and the Philippines, and along the way he has won loyal clients and expanded his experience.
This brilliant young artist is known for his provocative balance of realism and abstraction within the paintings. In his distinct aesthetic, Ida explores the nature of human existence and identity. His portraits appear like a sudden glance or flashing memory deftly crystalised into an eternal image.
In 2016 Ida won the Kohei NAWA prize (Jury Prize) given by the Contemporary Art Foundation (CAF) that is based in Tokyo, following on that year Matthew Larking, art correspondent for the Japan Times wrote about the CAF show and name checked Ida as one to watch for the future. In Sept 2016 Ida spent a two month residency in NY painting works for a solo show in Japan that opened the following Dec closing out a great year for Ida.
2017 has been his biggest year yet, being the youngest ever artist to be selected to submit work for the LDF foundation annual auction in St Tropez, July 2017. After the auction Ida came straight to the UK and started a 4 week residency deep in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire where he painted 30 new works for his debut international show entitled Bespoke that was shown in an upscale tailoring salon in London called Labassa Woolfe in Oct of this year. This show marked a different approach from the usual and all of the work was specifically painted for the inside of the tailor shop and its decor worked incredibly well and was beautiful and successful at the same time.
One of Ida's main drivers through his art is Ichi-go ichi-e , a Japanese cultural concept of treasured meetings with people or once-in-a-lifetime, never to happen again. Ida commented "At first, it was the death of an intimate family member. Then around the same time i lost a very close friend. I felt the emptiness that i could never meet them again, through the transience of the flow of time, I also felt that it was beautiful. i was in their life and they were in mine. This will also apply to the people i meet in the future, people that i met during my journey; I might not meet them ever again, but the memory that we had met is always inside me, and this is very important"
As 2017 draws to a close Ida is busy back in Tokyo in the studio painting two major client commissions and 2018 promises to build on the incredible two years this artist has had.
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