b. 1951, Japan

Leiko Ikemura Artworks

Paintings

Leiko Ikemura approaches her paintings with hazy and dreamlike forms, allowing the viewer to make their own interpretations of her landscapes and deteriorating portraits. These paintings often contain a muted colour palette, as the artist works through faded shades of yellows, blues and reds.

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In a style similar to her sculptural work, Ikemura uses her paintings to combine several animal forms. In Moo (1993), her title suggests a cow-figure, but instead viewers are met with an amalgamation of several other animals—perhaps a frog, bird and/or dog—blurred together. Through this process, she interrogates the borders that separate beings, animals and humans.

In her solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany (2012), Ikemura questions the boundaries between Western and Eastern cultures. Her landscapes in this exhibition seem to take cues from Eastern tradition while also incorporating the sensibilities of Western painting, drawing on harsh shadows and impressions to create depth while integrating muted colours and shades.

Sculpture

Ikemura's trajectory of blurring boundaries between forms and species can explicitly be seen through her sculptures involving the usagi, or mystical rabbit. In these bronze-cast sculptures, Ikemura merges the image of a rabbit onto figures of women. Usagi Kannon (2012/19) is a three-metre towering sculpture of a woman with rabbit ears who seems to be deep in thought in prayer. This sculpture, created in response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident, allows guests to take refuge beneath its skirt.

Ikemura has also worked with different media such as terracotta and glass. In her terracotta sculpture, Fuji-Face (2012), she sculpts Mt. Fuji onto the profile of a sleeping head. She has several other works in this series in which she attaches trees, volcanoes and lakes onto this sleeping figure. These works point towards the interconnectedness of man and nature, being and non-being and our shared cosmic existences.

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Face with butterfly by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Face with butterfly, 2021 Bronze, patinated
23 x 30 x 20 cm
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Universe by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura Universe, 2019 Tempera and oil on jute
80 x 100 cm
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Blue face by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura Blue face, 2019–2021 Tempera and oil on jute
80 x 70 cm
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Yellowish by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting
Leiko Ikemura Yellowish, 2019 Tempera on nettle
100 x 80 cm
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Pink Sky by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting
Leiko Ikemura Pink Sky, 2019 Tempera on nettle
80 x 60 cm
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Black by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura Black, 2020 Tempera and oil on jute
80 x 60 cm
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On Black by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura On Black, 2020 Tempera and oil on jute
60 x 80 cm
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Out of Black by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura Out of Black, 2020 Tempera and oil on jute
60 x 80 cm
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Lightscape by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Leiko Ikemura Lightscape, 2022 Tempera and oil on nettle
180 x 110 cm
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Kitsune by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Kitsune, 2020–2022 Cast glass
20 x 32 x 13 cm
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Ohne Gesicht by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Ohne Gesicht, 2021 Cast glass
28 x 29 x 19 cm
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Yellow Figure with Hummingbird by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Yellow Figure with Hummingbird, 2020 Cast glass
32 x 33 x 13 cm
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Trees out of Head by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Trees out of Head, 2021 Cast glass
27 x 32 x 20 cm
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Small Head with Tail by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Small Head with Tail, 2020 Cast glass
12 x 26 x 15 cm
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Cat by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Cat, 2020 Cast glass
20 x 26 x 14 cm
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Oba II by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Oba II, 2007/2019 Bronze (patinated)
44 x 14 x 25 cm
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Sleep by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Sleep, 2020 Cast glass
15 x 27 x 19 cm
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Gigi II by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Gigi II, 2008/2019 Bronze, patinated
45 x 25 x 16 cm
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Black Cloud by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting
Leiko Ikemura Black Cloud, 2019 Tempera on jute
50 x 100 cm
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Night Flight by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork painting
Leiko Ikemura Night Flight, 2008 Tempera on jute
60 x 70 cm
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untitled by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Leiko Ikemura untitled, 1996 Fired clay, glazed
31 x 27 x 19 cm
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Catgirl with Hidden Tail (3) by Leiko Ikemura contemporary artwork sculpture
Leiko Ikemura Catgirl with Hidden Tail (3), 1997-1999 Bronze
36 x 13.5 x 15 cm
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