This January, Mizuma Gallery will show With Gratitude, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Okuda Yuta. Okuda Yuta worked as a designer for the fashion brand TAKEO KIKUCHI prior to deciding to begin his art practice in 2016. Since then, has been actively participating in solo and group exhibitions in Japan. With Gratitude will be Okuda’s first solo exhibition in Mizuma Gallery Singapore.
In his earlier works, Okuda used to draw with fine details consisting of meticulously calculated lines. His new “flower” series marked a shift in his work process to embrace chance and serendipity. The flowers expressed in various colours remind us of works by Pop artists, but upon closer look, we notice that each individual petal is delicately drawn.
The motifs are said to be based on the memories of childhood that Okuda arrived at as he was “salvaging himself”. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Okuda realized that the things he had taken for granted were extraordinary all along, and from then, he began to draw works of flowers in the theme of “with gratitude”.
With Gratitude runs from 14th January to 20th February 2022 at Mizuma Gallery. More information available here