Untitled 2008, Pencil and acrylic on paper 18 x 18 in. each

Untitled

2008, Pencil and acrylic on paper
18 x 18 in. each

Hiroe Saeki

Hiroe Saeki is a Japanese artist who makes exquisitely drawn objects that are distinct and different from other artists working in the medium of drawing. She is inspired by artists such as Jakuchu Ito, Georgia OíKeeffe and Isson Tanaka. Playful organic shapes seem to sprawl unevenly over the white background space. Although Saeki confesses to being inspired by nature and the landscape and is sympathetic to traditional Japanese approaches, she finds the differences between figuration and abstraction unimportant to her work.

Saeki was born in 1978 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan. In 2001 she graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art, Kyoto Seika University and 5 years later received the VOCA Encouragement Prize. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The UBS Art Collection (London) and the Deutsche Bank Art Collection (Frankfurt). Saeki lives and works in Tokyo.

Images courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo