Hideki Iinuma - Miami - 2015

Hideki Iinuma - Miami - 2015
Wood, paint - signed - 2015

Size: 76 x 23 x 12 cm
Japanese artist Hideki Iinuma (Nagano, 1975) will have a large solo exhibition "Fighting the Goddesses" at the Matsumoto Museum Nagano, Japan in September 2016. Iinuma won the Ernst Barlach Prize 2005 and exhibits internationally. Recently he received First prize at Lumine Meets Art Award Tokio and Rokko Meets Art 2013, Kobe, Japan. His work is widely collected. Iinuma belongs to the young generation of Japanese artists who critically analyse the current changes through his sculptures. The girl-image evolved from Neo-Pop forms his main inspiration, as does the changing perception of women in Japanese society. His figures carved from Camphor wood, often exuding a hint of ostentatious sexuality, mostly represent models from Pintarest and Instagram. For women in Japan as for those in Europe these young women are becoming more and more ‘muses’, fashion icons. Iinuma uses the old ichiboku-zukuri technique common in Japan until the 10th century. He combines this technique with a special surface treatment that leaves the traces of the grain still visible under a coat of paint. Iinuma is represented by Marian Cramer Projects in Amsterdam.

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