Artist: Rikki Kasso
Title: Above All Else
Size: 137h x 147.30w x 0.1d cm (54h x 58w x 0d in)
Media: Sumi ink on canvas
Frame: This work is offered unframed and unstretched and it ships rolled in a tube.
'Above All Else' is a new painting on canvas by artist Rikki Kasso part of his ongoing series 'Lost in Paradise' and one that epitomizes the carefree bliss of the sun soaked lifestyle. Expressed effortlessly in Sumi Ink, the simple deep black hues merge into complex layers breathing life in to the stillness of the image. Truly capturing the essence of a timeless moment.
After spending years in Byron Bay, Australia, Rikki is currently based on the West Coast of the United States. The self-taught art director, photographer and multi-disciplinary visual artist had left his native New York City for Tokyo in 2003 on an invite from VOGUE JAPAN to host a retrospective of his works at the Rocket Gallery, Omotesando. He then spend the next nine years in Shibuya, Tokyo, immersed in the unique and ancient Japanese culture which not only influenced his art making practices but permeated its way through his entire being.
Perhaps the greatest mark that Japanese culture made upon Kasso’s work was his discovery and appropriation of traditional Japanese Sumi ink and brush stroke techniques. Sumi ink is created using a method which has changed little over the last 2,000 years and its history is deeply rooted in Zen Buddhism. Kasso fuses the western style of impressionist painting with the delicate accuracy of an asian calligrapher in a unique and contemporary adaptation.
Please note the visual simulations of the artwork in a domestic setting included in the photo gallery are provided purely as a visual reference and may not be to scale. If you have a specific space in mind for the artwork, you can email us with the details and we can create a mock up of your space with this specific artwork to scale for you.