Yasushi Ikejiri, Watching, 2019, h33.3 × w53.0 × d2.0cm.jpg

Yasushi Ikejiri (b. 1971)

1971

Born in Hokkaido, Japan

1991

Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Arts and Design

Although his works have a high level of realism, Yasushi Ikejiri prefers not to be classified as a realist painter. At first glance, his oeuvre appears to consist mostly of serene depictions of nature, but a further look reveals additional pieces with bold brushwork that seem to envelop the viewer in a sensory haze. These difficult to pin down, contrasting styles, seemingly incapable of having been rendered by the same artist, stem from Ikejiri’s sense of humor and irony, as well as his dispassionate observations of society. Never conforming with the importance placed on concept within the contemporary art scene, aloofly committed to his own brand of naturalism, Ikejiri’s works can perhaps only be understood by standing before them.


Selected Solo exhibitions

2013

Solo exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

Solo exhibition, Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Tokyo)

2014

"Yasushi Ikejiri Oil Paintings: Aruyoude Nai, Demo Yappari Aru Fukei (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)

2015

Solo exhibition (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)

2016

Solo exhibition (Kichijoji Tokyu, Tokyo)

2017

Solo exhibition, Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Tokyo)

2018

Solo exhibition (Nagoya Matsuzakaya, Aichi)

selected group exhibitions

2014

"Kaiga ichi" (Funabashi Tobu, Tokyo)

2014

"Hyakki Yako-ten" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

"Something Precious" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2015

"SENSU: Japanese Fans" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2019

"Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

Awards

2008

Selected for International Prize for Illustration Bologna Children's Book Fair

Exhibitions