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Computer artist makes child's play of drawing circles

ICON Tada, a Japanese artist, draws and paints using only a computer.

An exhibition featuring Tada's "digital artworks" is on display at Bund 18.

"I want visual camouflage, a flow of beautiful images anchored in the present and on the brink of evaporation," Tada says.

The artist rose to fame via his cooperation with Kenzo on the design of its shop windows.

Seemingly a perfect combination of fashion and art, he is also a controversial figure in the art community.

Born in 1971 in Kobe, Tada used to live and work in Osaka in Japan but recently moved to Singapore. He draws mangas and is also a video performance artist.

For 10 years, he's been using computer and produced images he describes as "digital paintings."

Admittedly, the question of decoration always lies at the heart of Tada's work, but it doesn't exhaust it, since his focus is still in harmony between form and color.

Tada prefers the symbol of circles, not regular round circles, as if they are not born from the computer but waywardly from the hands of a child. His acid images are obviously supposed to be crystal clear "easy to taste," but they nevertheless reveal a complexity that is far from their apparent spontaneity.

At a time when the debate between art, design and decoration is still heated, Tada covers the gallery space in a wallpaper of his works and offers digital paintings that show the evolution of his personal vocabulary of signs and shapes.

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