Tuesday, November 3, 2020

3D Wood Carved Sculptures Inspired by Japanese Culture

Ai Kikuchi also known as Kikuchikouran is a Japanese artist. She graduated from Sapporo Teine High School and at the same time studied wood carving and Buddhist sculpture making under Buddhist priest Koun Seki. She also studied Buddhist painting under the Korin Saito and calligraphy from Asako Tsunekawa.

The artist hand-carves stunning imagery using only the traditional manual tools. Most of the subjects Ai Kikuchi carves are inspired by Japanese culture. Her sculptures are usually raw and unpainted, carved into natural wood. There is incredible attentional to detail and intricacy in the sculptures. The final pieces are raised above the surface and have a three dimensional feel to them.

She has participated in several solo exhibitions and have been commissioned for painting a ceiling inside the Amidado. She is currently a member of Japan Wood Sculpture Association. You can view more of her work and what's she working on presently on Instagram.