b. 1968, Aichi, Japan
Naoki Koide produces drawings, paintings and sculptures that are deeply rooted in his memories of close family and friends who have affected his life. Often resembling the over-sized figures one might encounter in children's playgrounds or outside franchise restaurants, these seemingly friendly characters exude an eerie otherworldliness. For pilot (2008), Koide works with fibre-reinforced resin to create organic shapes and forms. He then repeatedly coats this form with acrylic, lacquer and urethane distressing the typically smooth surface of the resin so that acquires a rough pebbly texture. Using a spray gun he then draws and paints onto the surface, further adding texture and detail to the portraits.