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Yoshio Ikezaki is an artist and papermaker. He creates his art with two basic materials, Paper and sumi-ink.  He studied traditional Japanese papermaking under master papermaker, Shigemi Matsuo, in Yame, Japan for six years after having earned his MFA in painting from Florida State University.  He creates paper for his own painting in order to control uniform thickness and fiber distribution taking ink’s reaction to the paper into account and creating a ratio of different fiber materials.

The images in his sumi-ink paintings are deeply associated with the memories of landscapes he saw during his childhood in Kitakyushu Island, Japan. He visualizes them as if they were slow-moving photographs. To him, there are no man-made objects, but all natural elements like water, earth, sky, light, wind, and moon etc. He shares that experience with his audience through his art as all human beings have experienced similar memories to some degree.

His current sumi-ink paintings and sculptures, express MA, Japanese aesthetic term to designate an artistically placed interval in time and space which include meaningful voids created by the deliberate use of blank space. The balance and unification between positive and negative space is the essential theme of his abstract landscape painting and his handmade paper sculptures.


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