Artist Turns Stones into Animal Figurines

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Japanese artist Akie Nakata found an interesting use for the stones he picks up during his walk along river banks. He transforms them into intriguing animal figurines that are really one-of-a-kind works.

According to Nakata, he doesn’t think of stone as just his canvas. Instead, he looks for that special stone with which he can feel a connection, and that can tell his own story in the best way possible.

“In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones, and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape,” Nakata told Art Fido. “Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it.”

Check out some of these interesting stone figurines below.

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Announcement of my solo exhibition later in 2019. Seizan Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo, will host my solo exhibition in November of this year. 100 pieces will be on exhibit. It has been a dream of mine to have a solo exhibition at this gallery, who has been dealing in my stone art with such loving care. Currently I am working slow but steady toward this show, aiming to have ready the very best gems of my creations. I hope that you will come visit the exhibition and see my stone art in person in November. Details of my solo exhibition: Dates: November 5th – 16th Time: 11:00 – 19:00 on weekdays; 11:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and the last day Venue: Gallery Seizan ( Arrangements will be made for shipments to outside Japan. Further details will be provided closer to the exhibition dates. Stone Artist Akie (Akie Nakata) 今年の11月に銀座・靖山画廊にて個展を開催致します。作品展示数は100点を予定しています。ストーンアート作品を大切に愛でるように扱って下さるこちらの画廊での個展開催がずっと夢でした。一石一石が文字通り珠玉の作品となるよう大切に制作を重ねております。皆様どうぞ冬の一日、石たちに会いに来て頂けますよう宜しくお願い致します。 ↓↓個展の詳細↓↓ 会期:11月5日~11月16日 (会期中無休) 時間:11時~19時 (土日最終日:17時まで) 場所:靖山画廊 会期が近づきましたら詳細と共にまたお知らせ致します。どうぞ宜しくお願い致します。 Stone Artist Akie(Akie Nakata) #akie #art #fineart #rockpainting #stonepainting #rockart #stoneart #painting #drawing #exhibition #wildlife #soloexhibition

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