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日本生まれ。画家。
13歳の時に、鳶職で貯めたお金をもって、あてもなく単独でニューヨークへ渡る。
アメリカやヨーロッパ各地を遍歴する間に、絵画に出会い、後、様々な表現方法を用いて、独学で作品制作に取り組む。また、音楽や映像など表現の場を変えながら各界の奇才たちとの交流を通して、活動や表現方法の幅を広げていく。
帰国後、線香の微かな火をつかって絵を仕立てる新しいスタイルで発表した作品は、「現代絵画をまったく異なる方向に大きく旋回させた<線香画>」と称され、メディアに大きく取り上げられる。
現在は、60種類以上の線香を、温度や太さなどで使い分け、一切の下書きなしに少しずつ紙を焦がしながら絵を描いている。
その類まれなる体験をした少年期のうすれゆく記憶をもとに、線香の微かな火の焦げ跡で仕立てられる作品は、国内外で熱い注目を浴びている。


Kosuke Ichikawa is a Japanese-born painter.
At the age of thirteen, he saved money from scaffolding job and moved to New York by himself without apparent purpose.
He encountered paintings during his journey throughout United States and Europe, which later lead him to devote himself to produce works in a variety of styles by self-study.
He exercised different styles such as music and images while interacting with phenomena from various fields to broaden his horizon as artist and painter.
After returning to Japan, he introduced a work depicted in an original style of using delicate incent stick flame. This piece was described as “[Incent Sticks Painting], significantly redirecting the modern paintings into a completely different direction” and attracted heavy media attention.
Today, Ichikawa chooses right incent sticks out of more than 60 different kinds by its temperature and thickness in order to depict a subject freehand by scorching a piece of paper.
His works, which singe of delicate incent stick flame makes out of the receding memory of his unique boyhood, receives great publicity both inside and outside of Japan.