“The Butterfly Tree” by Ikki Matsumoto
Excerpt from the Fort Myers News-Press:
It’s been more than four decades since Ikki Matsumoto discovered Sanibel, the subtropical island that would become the muse for the rest of his wildly productive life.
Now, a kaleidoscopic selection of that creative life pulses between the covers of “Captivated: The Art of Ikki Matsumoto,” the first book to celebrate the man and his masterpieces.
The late artist’s daughter, Amy, describes the 156-page book that collects her father’s art as a labor of love, just as his work was. The book will offer surprises even to his most dedicated fans, Amy said, because it contains pieces from private collections that have never been shown in public as well as candid family snapshots.
One of the Southwest Florida’s first internationally known artists, the Japanese-born Matsumoto, who died at 78 in 2013, was renowned for his whimsically stylized animals and landscapes, many featuring the region’s wildlife and landscapes. His work was at once playful and precise, its colorful vibrancy reflecting the years he spent in the trenches of advertising and graphic design.
Read the remainder of the article, featuring a look at some of his other pieces, here.
“Captivated: The Art of Ikki Matsumoto” is a limited-edition release of 1,000 copies. The standard, hardcover edition (12” x 10.5”) is $80. A limited collector’s edition of 78 copies in a hardcover clamshell case with your choice of one of three rare Ikki prints is available for $225. Visit ikkimatsumoto.com to order.