In a sharp, linear style influenced by his endeavours in...
In a sharp, linear style influenced by his endeavours in graphic design, Nagaba depicts a person and three fish, sitting in front of a patterned wall. Goldfish and floral motifs pay homage to French Fauvist Matisse – a longstanding source of inspiration for Yu’s curvaceous forms and figures.
Each print is finished with an ACE Hotel stamp in vibrant red. The stamp is a calling card seen throughout the artist’s practice, adding a touch of colour to his monochrome palette. It calls to Nagaba’s childhood memories of his father’s travels and the simple mementos he’d return with, and more recently to an imagined alter ego who travels the world leaving cryptic sketches on hotel notepads.