Epic’s artist-in-residence invites the public during studio hours: a piece in the works since 2018 can be viewed in progress | Community

Epic Systems Artist-in-Residence Manabu Ikeda has been working on a new creation since 2018.

It’s the biggest job he’s ever done at a size of 10ft by 19ft.

“I’m excited to see how the piece I’m creating here will turn out,” Ikeda said.

Born in 1973 in Japan, Ikeda creates “visions of the world on a colossal scale with meticulous pen and ink work,” according to his Facebook page.

His works are often inspired by childhood experiences in nature and travel and he works primarily with pen and acrylic ink using various forms of hatching and brushstrokes.

He holds open studio hours at Epic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., excluding holidays.

“Feel free to spread the word about my open studio, I wish I had more visitors,” Ikeda said. “I look forward to seeing you soon at the studio.”

Getting to the studio can be a little tricky on Epic’s large campus. Once you arrive at Epic, you can park your car in the visitor parking lot, then enter the main entrance of the Andromeda building and proceed to reception where you will receive a campus badge and map.

“As the Epic campus is huge, some people may get lost, but it can be a fun adventure on its own because each building has a different theme,” Ikeda said. “Here are some easy directions to get to my studio located next to Epicenter in the Learning Center building. Look at the map then head to the small pond called Voyager Lake in front of the Learning Center. Cross the bridge over the pond , go straight and you will see a door to the learning center. Enter the building and you will find my studio right in front of you. If you are in the right place, you should see a life-size 3D representation of the “Blues Brothers “, and next to that there is a sign that says “Manabu Ikeda”.

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