Click on Image(s) to Enlarge
Powdered Mica, Golden Pigments and Natural Liquid Adhesive on Handmade Paper. Matted.
APETALOUS series continues my explorer and series of golden paintings infused with both concrete and abstract forms. "APETALOUS" means "flowers having no petals". The paintings portray abstract and organic forms, focusing on pistils and stamens. I utilizes powdered Mica, golden pigments, and natural liquid adhesive on handmade paper to paint countless tiny dots and lines. I find such unique and beautiful forms in flowers without petals. I feel that the cores of flowers store so much life within their organic shapes.
Katsura Okada was born in Tokyo, Japan and has lived and worked in New York since 2002. Okada earned a Master of Japanese Calligraphy Arts from the Tokyo Academy of Calligraphy Arts in 1992. Since 1990, Okada has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Recently Okada’s work has been exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, Palazzo Zenobio at Venice Biennnial, Italy, Hammond Museum in North Salam, NY, Adam State University in Alamosa, CO, Harper College in Palatine, IL, Marymount Manhattan College Hewitt Gallery of Art in NYC, the Museum of Arts & Crafts-Itami and Imai Art Museum in Japan, A.I.R. Gallery in NY, and Black and White Gallery in Brooklyn. Okada has received first prize/grants from the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the Shoto Art Museum in Tokyo and the SoHo Art Competition in NYC among others. Publications included ARTspeak, Manhattan Arts, NY Arts Magazine, the Yomiuri America newspaper, LUXOS – (Milano), Collezioni Sport & Street – (Modena), IL NOTIZIARIO DELL' A.I.A.M. (Italy), Les Editions Arts et Images du Monde (Paris), d’ART (Canada), and others. A member of A.I.R.Gallery, NY since 2004.