At the opening of exhibition at Blackfish Gallery (center), Jan. 2010
At the opening of exhibition at Blackfish Gallery (center), Jan. 2010

Kanetaka  Ikeda
 U S citizen
Current City: Portland, Oregon 



About me, the artist:


I am primary a sculptor who works in mix media assemblage.   Recently wooden branches and cloth fibers have been the primary material.   I also do wood carvings, ink drawings, acrylic paintings as well as installation works. For me, nature of visual medium is less important than the subject matter.  



 Theme of Artwork


For the last thirty years or so, my works have been inspired from vivid, memorable dreams that I experienced during the late 1980's and early 90's, and from resulting thoughts thru years of pondering over these dreams.   From this, I have created a personal myth in visual form that attempts to create meaning behind them.






I was born in Kagoshima at the southern end of Japan, but immigrated to Oregon in my childhood.  While being raised in N.W Portland, I experienced American life of the 60's. At Portland State University, I became interested in sculpture and decided to make this my career. I learned primarily from bronze sculptor, James Hansen and carver, Don Wilson.   Upon graduation I joined the artist operated gallery, Blackfish gallery in Portland and started my professional career as artist.  Around 1988, I moved to Sapporo, Japan where I spent time creating and exhibiting artwork while teaching sculpture at  Dohto University, a private university there.  After twenty years in Japan, I returned to Oregon, and rejoined Blackfish Gallery soon after.  Currently I am enjoying myself  getting reacquainted with American culture and Northwest art scene.







About K. Ikeda