Welcome to the Dior Talks series themed around the sixth edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, 12 artists from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
Renowned Japanese artist Yukimasa Ida approached the emblematic bag as a sculpture, recreating the impasto technique that is essential to his oil paintings on its surface.
Sensitive to art from an early age, Ida grew up in the studio of his sculptor father, where his creative vision was awakened. Bridging abstraction and realism, the artist’s universe is inspired by the Japanese concept Ichi-go-ichi-e, ‘exalting the present moment.’ Through an accumulation of intense colors and material effects, using paints, color pigments and minerals from the earth, his works provoke a vivid and instantaneous emotion. Fascinated by the passage of time, the artist constantly questions the subtleties of existence and exalts the wonder of encounters.
Tune in to hear more about the universe of this influential artist who featured in the September 2018 edition of Forbes Japan’s ‘30 Under 30’ list and his painterly reinterpretation of the Lady Dior.