Masa Iida



Zen abstract painter/singer-songwriter from Yokohama, Japan based in London.








My mission is creating music and painting  where Japanese aesthetics and Western aesthetics express sublime harmony. 






The Passion Of The Seaweed 

Acrylic on Paper A2 (42.0 x 59.4 cm - 16.5 x 23.4 in)

Filemed in The Regents Park in one lazy afternoon.

Recorded at home while London was under Lockdown.

Artists Statement (for painting)



I’m a strong believer that the truth lies beyond duality.


My goal of creation is going beyond duality.


Not love or hate nor good or bad. Something beyond them.


Duality in painting is adding and subtracting.

Adding comes from putting brush marks on paper and subtracting comes from a space where no brush marks exist.


I want to create a superb balance between brush marks and a blank space where no brush marks exist.  For me both elements are equally important.

Brush marks won't  exist without empty space and empty space is not recognisable without brush marks.


Once this materialised, the painting will be visible but at the same time invisible.


The painting you can see and you can't see at the same time.


It is like you can't hear anything when you hear two sounds whose  sound waves are totally opposite to each other because the sounds are canceling each other out.


There are sounds but you can't hear them.


This applies to my painting. A painting which you can't see but stays vividly in your mind.

Artist Statement (for music )



The silence is the key ingredients for my music.


Not just notes…but a space between the notes is what I’m also focus on.


And words … not many words. Simple plots for how I feel..

I'm deeply influenced by Haiku Poetry. I just drop words in an empty blank space to create lyrics. 



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Masa Iida 


O-ARC (with Neil Mason ) 


Gig info





Personal History 


Arrived London UK to pursue music career.



First solo acoustic gig at Lock Tavern in Camden Town.



First EP Life Is Upside Down is released from Pogo Music.



Formed a duo O-ARC with London-born guitarist  Neil Mason who has been playing with Masa since EP’s recoding session.


They created highly original sound collage like songs with just using three elements: voice, acoustic guitar ,and electric guitar. 


They played at unique art related spaces like Tate Britain, Institute Of Contemporary Arts Whitechapel Gallery , Art Car Boot Sale at Brick Lane, Leyden Gallery, Comme des Garcon’s boutique Dover Street Market.



The first album En is released from Weast Music. 


4 of the songs from the album is used for TV series Hollyoaks



Started creating brush storke based abstract  paintings to add new images for O-ARC 



Acquired a representation by Toukou Gallery who specializes in a master potter Hiroyoshi 

Hamamoto's pottery



His first interview was featured in webzine Chom Magazine by Chrom Art which supports 

emerging artists




The first O-ARC's Japan live concert was held at Myosaijij Temple. It was a charity concert to 

help raise money for Mihara city in Hiroshima who was devastated by heavy rain in 2018.



Created a Logo for a craft lovers website Elluse. He created it on one sunny afternoon in The 

Regents Parkin London and all the process were filmed.



Solo Exhibition And Acoustic Live at Wine bar Namiya, Yokohama Japan

Monday 28th October - Sunday 10th November





Group Exhibition

Reverie (Day Dream)

Fri 30th April 2021 - Tue 25th th May 2021

Chrom Art Gallery

502 Kingsland Road


E8 4AE



August- September

Cass Art Hampstead 

Tuesday 17th August - Saturday 11th September

Cass Art Hampstead

58-62 Heath Street









In Between Aesthetics 

Sunday 5th Jun-Saturday 2nd July

Cass Art Kensington 

220 Kensington High Street



W8 7RG





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