Alone in the Chazen Museum’s Basement, Ikeda Manabu Completes Masterpiece Stroke by Stroke
Three-Year Art Resident Set to Finish Intricate Painting Soon
by Michelle Chi, age 15
Imagine a wall. On it is painted a destructive sea with a mountainous tree in the middle. Grimy pollution litters the tree’s roots. Also featured are small white human and animal silhouettes. Elegant flowers gild treetops. Behind these designs are two worlds—human and natural—that depict antagonistic relationships. This wall, these images are more than just fantasy; in fact, this is a real mural that Japanese artist Ikeda Manabu has worked on for the past three years at the Chazen Museum of Art.
Using just a fine-tipped pen, acrylic ink, and a blank canvas, Manabu has created multiple masterpieces. The time he spends creating a single illustration spans anywhere from months to years. [Read More]