I’m a little bit late on this one, having gotten caught up in the frenzy of the holidays. Homare Ikeda is well worth the wait though!

I saw his work at Art Chicago, and you just cannot see the scale in these photos. They are *so* impressive in person, with the rich colors and expressive movement. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with his watercolors and linocuts as well. If you ever have the chance to see his work in person, make the trip!

These are the pieces I got to see in person!

What are your main inspirations in art?

My main inspirations come from my desire to explore and play. I think the idea of play is very important.

What is your art background? (education, experience, etc)

I received a MFA degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I began my art education at the San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. I had received a scholarship to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Main while I was in MFA program at the University of Colorado.

What is your process for creating your work?

I have been making minimum of 9 drawings every morning. It has been a wonderful way to start the day.

What is the single most important thing you want to communicate with your work?

I would like to communicate a sense of wonder. I think making art is to connect myself to the world around me. Once I put a mark on canvas or paper the world evolves and I have to keep responding to the voices I hear until my energy runs out.

What are your career goals?

I think the career is byproduct of what you do. As long as I am able to make art, I am grateful.

What one object has been the most instrumental in helping you achieve
what you have so far?

Water. Water is essential to my work physically and mentally.

Tell me three random things about you.

  • I love to be in nature.
  • I listen music as painting.
  • I am not who I am but who I am becoming.