IKEDA Manabu, ‘Rebirth’ (2013-16) Ink and transparent watercolor on paper, 300 x 400 cm. Collection of the Saga Prefectural Museum of Art. Photography by Eric Tadsen for the Chazen Museum of Art. © IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo / Singapore.

Created during a three-year artist residency in Madison, Wisconsin, Manabu Ikeda’s epic ink and watercolour drawing “Rebirth” (2013-16) comes to Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo. At three metres tall and four metres wide, it is the artist’s largest work to date. Brimming with intricate details and visual ingenuity, “Rebirth” impressively describes dozens of micro-worlds buried amongst an ancient tree torn by natural forces. As a response to the events of the Great East Japan Earthquake, “Rebirth” acknowledges the destructive power of nature while the abundance of flowers in full bloom invites optimism.

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda, ‘Rebirth’ (detail) (2013-16) Mizuma Art Gallery. Photo: Nick West

Manabu Ikeda was born in Taku city, Saga Prefecture (1973). http://www.mizuma-art.co.jp/artist
Please note that “Rebirth” is no longer on show at Mizuma Art Gallery but from 27th September to 9th October it will be on display at Nihonbashi Takashimaya.
©Nick West 2017