Iku Oseki

Painting and Drawing in Mixed Media

studio: #29, 3rd floor, 6 Vernon Street
web: ikuoseki.artspan.com
Facebook : Iku Oseki / ART
email : ikuoseki@gmail.com


  • Room with Masks
    2016, acrylic, 22 x 28 inches
  • Mother and Child in the Plaza
    2016, acrylic, 26 x 25 inches
  • Live Music Night with Gil
    2016, acrylic, 26 x 38 inches
  • Lakota Woman
    2017, acrylic, 24 x 24 inches

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Something catches my eye
Could be an ad in a newspaper, a photograph in an old National Geographic
Could be a post in Facebook, a postcard from a faraway place
Could be a familiar object in my room, suddenly looking animated
and trying to get my attention
I see the mournful eyes, the determination in the face
I see the interesting way the object becomes alive with purposefulness
Sometimes it is the striking composition  
Other times it is the ambiance
When I decide to paint from it, I never know for sure why
I think of the sketch lines I might create with my blind contour technique,
but I have no clue how it really comes out as a whole
When I look at the source intently to draw from,
I make an emotional connection with it
While I don’t have any attachment to what I am actually drawing,
I feel so free to appreciate what I am seeing
I make sure the lines stay eloquent while I work with colors and shapes
Then I begin to understand why I picked this source, why I wanted to paint it
The story starts to emerge
Things start to make sense
It seems backward
But that is how it works for me; I paint to discover