Naoki Koide

b. 1968, Aichi, Japan


Naoki Koide
Naoki Koide, Pilot, 2008


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.