A giant piece of cardboard 1.5 meters tall and 2 meters wide. Most people would be intimidated if they were told to fill such a vast, blank space using only a pencil. Masaru Inoue started drawing when he was over 70 years old. He spreads sheets of paper out on the raised floor of his studio, drawing on his hands and knees for three hours a day, three days a week. This act of drawing has become an integral part of his life. His motifs are often living things, and his pictures include men, women, and animals, as well as musical instruments and other objects, all strikingly deformed in shape yet comfortably placed within the frame. This floating network of people may be a pictorial representation of Inoue’s ideal world. His boyish sensibilities extend beyond the picture’s screen, becoming ever fresher and brighter with age.
Born in 1943, Inoue currently resides in Shiga Prefecture. Since 1999, he has been affiliated with Atelier YAMANAMI. It was not until he was seventy years old that Inoue began his creative practice. Inoue is an earnest artist, using only pencils to create large works of people, animals, landscapes, and other motifs. He spends three hours a day drawing, and it can take up to three weeks to complete a single drawing. He is now visited by many people who come to admire his work, something that he most likely never imagined happening. Fully immersing himself in an activity that he enjoys has become a daily source of joy for him. Art is his life now, and he continues to energetically create one work after the next.