Combing traditional Japanese art with contemporary and experimental techniques, Rika Nagahata creates captivating works that draw viewers in. Born in 1984 Osaka, Japan, Nagahata has resided in Wellington since 2008. Graduating from Osaka Art University with a major in printmaking, she has been creating artworks for 15 years, becoming a full time artist since 2014. Rika’s skills and exploration of printmaking is evident, experimenting with different copper-plate printing techniques to create unique works.
The progression of Rika’s work still contains exquisite patterns and fine lines that reflect the intricate process of etching, but now uses ink and watercolours to create originals instead of prints. This unique connection gives her works a special feel and presence that enables the viewer to get entranced and lost in Rika’s art.
Basing herself in Wellington, Rika takes inspiration from the numerous unique and beautiful animals New Zealand has to offer, as well as various children’s book illustrators and traditional Japanese art.