A Japanese Artist Brings Stones To Life By Painting Animals On Them

Akie Nakata is an artist from Japan who uses her incredible artistic skills to paint animals on stones. Her work looks so lifelike that you’ll have a hard time believing that her animals are not actually real!

Nakata says she loved pretty stones ever since she was a little girl and she enjoyed searching for them on river banks. Her artistic journey started in 2011 when she found a stone that reminded her of a rabbit. This is when she started creating these beautiful stone animals.

“To me, stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on,” she said on her Facebook page Stone Artist Akie, “Among all those numerous stones on a river bank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a stone, I feel that a stone has found me too.”

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Announcement of my solo exhibition later in 2019. Seizan Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo, will host my solo exhibition in November of this year. 100 pieces will be on exhibit. It has been a dream of mine to have a solo exhibition at this gallery, who has been dealing in my stone art with such loving care. Currently I am working slow but steady toward this show, aiming to have ready the very best gems of my creations. I hope that you will come visit the exhibition and see my stone art in person in November. Details of my solo exhibition: Dates: November 5th – 16th Time: 11:00 – 19:00 on weekdays; 11:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and the last day Venue: Gallery Seizan (http://art-japan.jp/en/) Arrangements will be made for shipments to outside Japan. Further details will be provided closer to the exhibition dates. Stone Artist Akie (Akie Nakata) 今年の11月に銀座・靖山画廊にて個展を開催致します。作品展示数は100点を予定しています。ストーンアート作品を大切に愛でるように扱って下さるこちらの画廊での個展開催がずっと夢でした。一石一石が文字通り珠玉の作品となるよう大切に制作を重ねております。皆様どうぞ冬の一日、石たちに会いに来て頂けますよう宜しくお願い致します。 ↓↓個展の詳細↓↓ 会期:11月5日~11月16日 (会期中無休) 時間:11時~19時 (土日最終日:17時まで) 場所:靖山画廊 http://art-japan.jp/ 会期が近づきましたら詳細と共にまたお知らせ致します。どうぞ宜しくお願い致します。 Stone Artist Akie(Akie Nakata) #akie #art #fineart #rockpainting #stonepainting #rockart #stoneart #painting #drawing #exhibition #wildlife #soloexhibition

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The process of painting the stones is complicated and lasts for a long time as the artist takes her time to find the perfect approach to each piece. She uses acrylic paint to create these animals on stones.

“Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”

Scroll down to see Nakata’s amazing work.