【TEXT】Masakazu Taniguchi（谷口 正和）
Japan Life Design Systems Co., Ltd. President
Born in Kyoto in 1942. Graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at the College of Art and Design of Musashino Art University. With “life design”, which poses questions about life, lifestyle, and existence as the corporate identity, he has been involved in a wide range of activities from concept production to management consultation, business strategic planning and regional activation plans. Deputy Managing Director of the Japan Design Consultant Association, Director of the Japan Institute of Design, Consultant of the Japan Web Solution Design Association, and Consumer Committee Coordinator of the Japan Retailers Association. He is also the head of Toyo no Kuni Syounin Private School, as well as an Ishigaki City tourism adviser and a special professor at Tokyo City University.
【PAINT】Teppei Ikehila（池平 徹兵）
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1978. While majoring in the Faculty of Education at Shimane University in 2001, he worked on mainly oil paintings on a self-taught basis. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2000 including in the Shimane Art Museum Gallery, project N at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and H.P. FRANCE WINDOW GALLERY. In 2013, he won a prize in the 16th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art. He also attracts attention from abroad by participating in art fairs in such locales as New York and Miami. In addition, he has been involved in a number of activities ranging from painting murals in a workshop format at various welfare institutions and commercial facilities, and has also been selected as an instructor for the special exhibition “Drawing Crossing Boundaries” held at the University of Tokyo Komaba Museum. His activities was multifaceted, developing in person an accessory brand “OFFICE BACTERIA” which expresses microscopic spaces and existences.
1978年福岡県生まれ。2001年より独学で油彩画中心に制作を行い、島根県立美術館ギャラリーをはじめ、東京オペラシティアートギャラリーprojectNや、H.P.FRANCE WINDOW GALLERY等で個展を開く。その他、海外のアートフェアに参加し、東京大学駒場博物館特別展のインストラクターを務め、アクセサリーブランド「OFFICE BACTERIA」を展開するなど、多岐にわたって活動している。