b. 1953, Japan

Koeda Shigeaki Artworks

Since the 1980s, Koeda Shigeaki has developed a practice that combines both painting and photography. Work on his major series Flowers-between the eyes began in 2003, when he started to develop Lambda prints of colourful and vibrant flowers. The finished series includes 100 Lambda prints representing 100 flowers. He makes each work by setting a flower behind a glass plate and painting it with watercolours. He then lights and photographs the image to be printed as a Lambda print. Fittingly, each artwork is 100 x 100 cm; these large depictions of small flowers therefore make a striking impact on the viewer when exhibited.

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The artist was inspired by Edo painter Ito Jakuchu, whose intricate yet innovative 18th century paintings also represent traditional Japanese subjects of flowers and animals. Koeda Shigeaki especially looked to the Hanamaru-zu mural at the Kotohira-gu Shrine, which depicts 201 meticulously rendered flowers in a grid form. Koeda Shigeaki's series of equally sized prints replicates Ito Jakuchu's seriality in illustrating Japanese fauna.

He has also investigated nature through sculpture since 2008, creating intricate ceramic flowers, as well as sculptures of dogs and rabbits. In addition, he has experimented throughout his career with acrylic and silkscreen, as well as acrylic on canvas, to represent flowers, still lifes, and animals.

Blaze by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Blaze, 2011 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Leopard Plant by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Leopard Plant, 2014 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Hot Chocolate Calla Lily by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Hot Chocolate Calla Lily, 2008 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Golden-Rayed Lily by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Golden-Rayed Lily, 2005 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Kensington Gardens by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Kensington Gardens, 2022 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Black Flower by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Black Flower, 2022 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Clematis Enku by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Clematis Enku, 2022 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Novia Burgundy by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Novia Burgundy, 2021 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Common Water Hyacinth by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Common Water Hyacinth, 2021 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Seinotoki Kankobai by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Seinotoki Kankobai, 2016 Lambda print
100 x 100 cm
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Seinotoki Red Red Rose by Koeda Shigeaki contemporary artwork print
Koeda Shigeaki Seinotoki Red Red Rose, 2016 Lambda print,
100 x 100 cm
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