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 with mixed media assemblage.   Recently wooden branches and cloth fibers have been the primary material.   I also do wood carvings, drawings and acrylic gouache paintings as well as exhibit installation pieces.  Nature of my medium is less important than the subject matter for me.  That is, I am mostly interested in expressing the ideas and thoughts and whatever materials or means that express best, I try to use it.   


Theme of Artwork

I have been working  on the theme of Tree of Life for 25 years. Through artworks on this theme, I would like to explore and express my thoughts on nature of mankind, nature of universe and on human destiny.   Big subjects and vague words, but I enjoy the process of thinking on these subjects while creating my work. I also like to note here that my work is not  a statement on religious beliefs or proofs of science, but fun speculation. 



I was born in Kagoshima at the southern end of Japan, but immigrated to Oregon in my childhood.  While 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; and towards the very end, from welder/ stone carver, Michi Kosuge. 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 my 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'm enjoying myself  getting reaquainted with American culture and Northwest art scene.



About K. Ikeda