We are pleased to present our very first Limited Edition print, created for Art Gems by Toronto-based artist Shogo Okada. Influenced by the creativity and healing that take place at Creative Works Studios, the edition is entitled Healing and Moving Forward.
Shogo Okada is a Toronto-based artist born in Japan. Interested in art informed by graphic culture, as well as the intersection of Eastern and Western practices, Okada explores themes related to painting, drawing, printmaking, street art, anime, cartoon and graphic culture. Through an art-based focus, Okada manipulates and explores the power of simple lines and geometries found in popular culture and the ability to conjure connections to memory and recognition.
The creative process behind Healing and Moving Forward was heavily influenced by Zen principles, and according to the artist, Zen practice is one of the most efficient ways to support mental health. The empty space in the centre of the work represents a meditative state, while the busier edges counterbalance the tranquility found in the centre. The pattern in the print evokes the leaves and fruits from the Ohbku tree in his native Japan, as well as the symbols from his favourite Zen temple, Manpuku-ji. We would like to thank Shogo Okada and Wil Kucey Gallery for their generous donation to Art Gems.