Keita Sagaki (b.1984 in Ishikawa, Japan). At a young age, I was exposed to a rich culture of Buddhism and a vivid recollection was when my father and I visited the Buddhist Temple known as Toga Meiso no Sato (Contemplative Village) where some magnificent and monumental Mandala paintings are on display. The extremely elaborate depictions, the rich psychedelic colors, the fractal design with countless Buddhas of various sizes arranged within inspired my fascination to draw a two dimensional, non-linearity composition painting similar to Mandala. I was greatly moved and the obsessional visual impact of Mandala has now become the core of my works.
In his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Fabrik Gallery will showcase 7 new drawings on paper inspired by some of the most celebrated Baroque masters including Vermeer, Caravaggio, Brueghel, and Rembrandt – the “Baroque Deconstruction” body of work took Keita Sagaki nearly a year to draw. Some of the featured works are “Boy with a Basket of Fruit” by Caravaggio, “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” by Vermeer and “Flowers in a Blue Painted Vase” by Brueghel. “If you look closely and within, a world of countless manga characters unfolds which ornate my works, bringing to life the old masters in a fresh and distinct practice, and concept.”
The extensive use and manipulation of Japanese anime or manga characters define my drawings. The subtle application of infinite strokes deconstructing and reconstructing the manga characters, some originating from famous Japanese anime, rendering a new perspective that shapes the body of works, a discipline learned over the years.