Hiroko Imada

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Born in Tokyo, Imada studied at the Tokyo Zokei University, and in 1990 she moved to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL). She has exhibited throughout Europe and Japan and has also been offered several prestigious commissions. In 2017, Imada created a giant paper wave installation work at the Great Court of the British Museum as a part of the 'Hokusai, beyond the Great Wave’ exhibition's official event. In 2019, Universal Pictures commissioned her to create a painting for the mega-hit film “Fast and Furious 9” (2021). In 2021, the British Museum commissioned her to create a woodblock print, and its process was recorded to create a film to run at the exhibition ‘Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything’ from 2021 – 2022. In 2022, she created a Japanese colour woodblock print and its process was filmed and presented at the 'Japan: Courts and Culture' exhibition until February 2023 at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Most recently, in November 2022, the British shoe brand Dr Martens commissioned her to create a woodblock print of their new product logo, “Dr Martens X The Met (Hokusai)”, and its process was filmed at Imada’s studio. Imada herself appears in their promotion film.

Artist statement

After the successful interactive installation work: Making Waves - the official event of ‘Hokusai, Beyond the Great Wave’ in the Great Court of the British Museum in 2017, I decided to produce a continuity of images - 'Shapes of Water' in different formats. Inspired by Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’, I presented my own approach to ‘Shapes of Water’. The unique abstract style is very bold and dynamic yet evocative and delicate, seeking to stimulate and broaden the viewer's imagination.

For this series, I have focused on creating works using different techniques. For Cultural Fusion 2023, I am presenting screenprint and lithography works. I often use traditional Japanese techniques with a contemporary twist.

 

I also worked with a young British composer & flutist Nicholas Sabisky specifically collaborating and interacting in forming my works. I believe that the music and artwork together open the imagination to deeper understanding.

Hiroko Imada, Splash I, 2018

Screenprint

102 cm X 80 cm

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Hiroko Imada, Splash II, 2018

Screenprint

102 cm X 80 cm

Hiroko Imada, Splash III, 2018

Screenprint

80 cm X120 cm

I was invited to the Guanlan International Residency programme at the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China in 2018. ‘Splash I – III’ were have produced and editioned during my residency there from April to May 2018. Here I tried to create a splash of water with lighter touch of colours. The water-based printing ink also contributes to express expressing the rightness and natural state of water movement too.

Dancing Waves by Nicholas Sabisky
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The music composed for Splash I – III

Dancing Waves (for solo flute)

composed and played by Nicholas Sabisky

 

This piece was specially composed for Splash I – III and is inspired by the wildness and drama of the waves in Hiroko Imada's prints. The piece incorporates extended and contemporary flute techniques to create a bold

and aggressive soundscape.

Hiroko Imada, Shapes of Water I, 2018

Stone Lithography

75 cm X 53.5 cm

Hiroko Imada, Shapes of Water III, 2018

Stone Lithography

75 cm X 53.5 cm

Hiroko Imada, Shapes of Water II, 2018

Stone Lithography

75 cm X 53.5 cm

Hiroko Imada, Shapes of Water IV, 2018

Stone Lithography

75 cm X 53.5 cm