Homare Ikeda abstracts to go up at Lone Tree

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The second in a series of Commissioners Choice invitational exhibits will fill the walls of the Lone Tree Arts Center with “Lines in Space,” internationally recognized artist Homare Ikeda’s stunning, richly colored abstract paintings, from Sept. 20 to Nov. 10. There will be a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s Sept. 20 concert at 8 p.m.

Ikeda, born on the subtropical island of Yoron, near Okinawa, Japan, taught himself Oriental brush techniques by copying, but then became interested in contemporary art. He moved to the United States in 1978 and was connected with the University of Colorado/Boulder by a California professor. He received a BFA and MFA there and now lives in Parker.

He teaches at the Art Students League and shows his work in group and solo shows. Ikeda is represented in Denver by the prestigious William Havu Gallery, which worked with Lone Tree’s recently appointed curator Sally L. Perisho to curate this exhibit.

A blending of East and West is found is Ikeda’s paintings, which are linked with classic Abstract Expressionism and show little evidence of traditional Japanese art forms. He has said: “My line to me is very Oriental and the way I compose forms is Oriental too.” A viewer can look forward to finding meaning in form and color and interpreting as he or she wishes.

In his artist statement, Ikeda writes that “the thickly painted surface is reminiscent of my journey into the heart of the sea where all my reflections of life are imbued …. At a certain point in this process, the painting takes over my control. The painting is transformed to the state of unknown ….” The painting speaks to him and leads him to a conclusion.

The Lone Tree Arts Commission supports professional and emerging artists by providing a venue to display their work in a public setting. With a rolling deadline, artists submit art to be considered and reviewed year-round. Commissioners look for “a meaningful body of work with an educational and informative component.”

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