Japanese artist Akie Nakata (known simply as Akie) has been using a rather special canvas for his artwork. She’s been turning stones, pebbles and rocks into incredible animal paintings that you can hold in your hand.
Inspired by the natural shapes of each stone she finds, Akie chooses ones that she believes already have their own characters.
Ever since she was a child, Akie loved collecting stones. The self-taught artist began painting stones in 2011.
She started painting rocks after she found a pebble that resembled a rabbit while taking a walk across the river bank.
Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues […] to go ahead and paint what I see on them.
After sourcing each stone for her masterpieces, Akie considers each character carefully. She spends time thinking what they could be and how she would showcase each animal.
Am I positioning the backbone in the right place? Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone?
She carefully paints the stone’s surfaces with acrylic paints. No animal is left unconsidered from her pebble portraits.
Akie always paints the eyes last; “the eyes are now alive and looking back [at her.]”.
To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.
Though most would say that a stone isn’t a living organism, it’s hard to deny how lifelike her creations look upon creation.
Akie believes each stone has a story to tell and she aims to breathe life into each one with her paintings.
Sometimes Akie speaks to the rocks as she paints to get a sense of character into the painting.
Each stone is a treasure in their own right and that’s what she wants to showcase in her artwork.
because we all stand on the same earth, and we come from the same earth.
I don’t know about you, but I think Akie’s work is incredible! In fact, you can see more of her incredible work on her Instagram account.
I would also recommend browsing her Facebook page. Not only can you see her incredible art, you also have the chance to own one for yourself.
That’s right, Akie announces which pieces from her collection she will be selling on her Facebook page, but you’ve gotta be fast, her artwork sells pretty quickly.
So check her page for updates and announcements.
And if you like what you’ve seen so far, you’re going to want to check out even more!
Below we’ve created a list of 10 of our favourite designs from Akie. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
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