Fringe Artist

The Yak sits down with Hutomo Ishii, artist and Baliphile, who first visited the island on the advice of his hairdresser.

Ishii-san, it has been a while. What a re you currently working on?

Iโ€™m currently working on the creation of my artworks which will be exhibited at ARMA Ubud / Group Exhibition in September 2018.

Briefly, can tell our followers a bit more of your journey to Bali. How and when, and why did you come here?

Around 30 years ago my hair-designer friend used to whisper into my ear every time I went to see him. โ€œBali is a nice place to visit,” he would say. So I finally followed his advice, and visited for the first time with him. When he’d first whispered the name of the island to me, I didnโ€™t know even where Bali was located.

What does Bali mean to you?


Your style is abstract, but do you follow any โ€œrulesโ€ (or processes) when creating a piece?

No rules. I just follow my inspiration.

What is your favourite medium?

When I create my paintings, I often mix a kind of collage-works with acrylic paint. My collage-materials are something picked-up from the Nature – on the road, beach, garden etc. Yes, my materials for collage-works are called sometimes โ€œrubbishโ€. They are my favorite medium.

Who and or what inspires your pieces?


Where can we view your art?

Iโ€™ll exhibit 16 pcs of my artworks at ARMA Museum Ubud for a Group Exhibition titled โ€œLa Force Infinieโ€ which will be held from 01st to 30th September 2018. I usually do my exhibitions in Japan.

What other talents do you have besides painting?

Commercial design work, ย as I studied it in Paris and worked for in that area in Paris and also in Tokyo between the ages of 26 and 40. And in my younger period I was a stage-actor in Japan.

Music is also important to you. What do you prefer to listen to?

Keith Jarret and Sting.

One last thing. If you could be omnipotentย  for a day what would you do?

I’d re-start my life from the age of 20 with all the experience and feelings which I have acquired thus far.

Thank you for your time Ishii-san.

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