Paper sculpture: Jeff Nishinaka

Paper may be this year’s material but some have been using it rather longer

In contrast to the bright colours of Yulia Brodskaya’s work, the majority of
LA-based illustrator Jeffrey Nishinaka’s paper sculptures are rendered in pristine white. Oh, and lest all this talk of papergraphics as a current trend leads you to think that all of its practi­tioners are fresh-faced young things, Nishinaka
has been working with the material for over 15 years.

He originally wanted to be a painter and “began working in paper quite by accident. While studying illustration at Art Center (in California), I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the  same time to experiment in differ­ent mediums, one of them being paper. That was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment.”

The scale of Nishinaka’s work spans everything from  tiny icons for a Johnson & Johnson website to a seven-metre-tall apple tree, complete with grass and accompanying wildlife, created for the ana hotel in Tokyo. Next, he hopes to animate his sculptures while also working on more large-scale public art pieces.

jeffnishinaka.com

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