Yuki Ideguchi blends traditional Japanese painting techniques with contemporary imagery and themes. In his latest series Re-Hokusai, he delves into an enduring source of inspiration. Ideguchi channels Hokusai’s manga through expressive line, inventive composition, and subtle humor. Layered atop a newsprint background, warriors don their armor, swimmers encounter sharks, and a historical hero illuminates a cave with brilliant color.
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1986, Ideguchi received both a BFA (2011) and MFA (2013) in Japanese Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions internationally since 2008. Ideguchi has received grants from the Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program, the Asahi Shinbun Foundation, the Japan Foundation NY, and most recently, the Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation. Between 2014 and 2020, Ideguchi lived in New York City. An active member of the city’s artistic vanguard, Ideguchi participated in art fairs, group exhibitions, as well as multiple solo exhibitions. In 2017, he appeared in the documentary Hokusai, produced by the British Museum, and in 2019, he led a workshop on Japanese painting at the University of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include the solo show Still Alive, held at Kyoto Takashimaya, and Plop Hokusai Manga x Yuki Ideguchi, a juxtaposition of Ideguchi’s paintings and the Hokusai manga that inspired them at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Contemporary Art Gallery in Tokyo. Currently, his work is featured in the exhibition Katsushika Hokusai. Passages... at the National Museum in Krakow, Poland. Yuki Ideguchi lives and works in Kyoto.