Press Release

April 1, 2016
Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
Ken Wada creates ink works that incorporate a full range of free- flowing painting techniques. An accomplished painter who often works in watercolor and gouache as well, Wada is interested in using the traditional medium of ink in innovative ways. He painted much of his recent work with raw tree limbs taken straight from his own garden. The work itself experiments with graphic simplification that is rarely part of the Japanese drawing aesthetic.

Wada’s pieces are abstracts that depend on both spontaneity and control. The brushstrokes are quick, repeated, and easy, while the overall layout keeps them contained. The marks are alternately flattened and heightened to create tension. The composition is pared down but explores repetition and proportion in sophisticated ways. Pieces often only contain the stark contrasting tones of black and white, which interplay in ever more intricate designs.

Wada was born in Matudo, Japan, currently lives in Tokyo, and maintains a studio in Kitakaruizawa, Japan. He has exhibited in England, Japan, and extensively in France, where he lived for several years.

June 9, 2018

December 19, 2017
Agora Gallery’s Facebook
Tokyo based artist Ken Wada creates bold, abstract drawings that combine traditions of ink painting and calligraphy with automatic drawing. While the artist invokes historic Eastern tradition, his mark making is entirely contemporary—his quick, broken lines, stippled dots, and springing swirls are layered obsessively to lend a sense of chaos to his compositions. Painted in stark monochrome, Wada’s works feel simultaneously spontaneous and tightly controlled.

April 2018
ArtTour International Magazine 2018 Spring Issue selected and featured WADA’s artworks as “TOP 10 Artists”. p.112,113,114

April 13, 2018

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