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 space around them where no brush marks exist.

 

I want to create a superb balance between brush marks area and space where  no brush marks exist.  For me both elements are equally important as brush marks won't  exist without space and 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 with opposite sound waves at the same time 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...a space between the notes is what makes music more interesting....

 

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

 

 

 


Personal History 

1996

Arrived London UK to pursue music career.

 

1999 

First solo acoustic gig at Lock Tavern in Camden Town.

 

2003 

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

 

2007

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.

 

2011

The first album En is released from Weast Music. 

 

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

 

2015 

Started creating abstract calligraphy like paintings to add new images for O-ARC 

 

2017 

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

Hamamoto's pottery

           

 2018

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

emerging artists

 

www.chromart.org/live-the-moment-masa-iida-interview/

 

2019

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.

www.elluse.com

 

14day Solo exhibition at Wine Bar Namiya Yokohama, Japan.

http://namiya.favy.jp