Jeff-Nishinaka

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Masters of Paper Art and Paper Sculptures  - Jeff Nishinaka

Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka is the world’s premier paper sculptor with a prolific career. He attended UCLA and graduated from prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he first experimented with paper and sculpture.

I began making paper sculptures more than 34 years ago. Since then, I’ve been endlessly experimenting and refining my drawing and technical skills, but everything I do to make a paper sculpture come to life, is still and always will be done completely by hand. My tools are very basic: a pencil, an X-Acto knife, Elmer’s Glue-All, triangles, an eraser, French curves, wood dowel and paper. Of course it is very labor intensive and time consuming, but with my hands, is the only way I think it could and should be done.

I try not to overwork or force paper into submission. I let paper do what it does naturally without forcing my will upon it. I feel that paper has energy and a life of its own and that I am only releasing or revealing what is already there. The beauty in paper is only seen when I let it speak for itself.


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Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka is the world’s premier paper sculptor with a prolific career that spans 30 years. Nishinaka attended UCLA and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he first experimented with paper art and sculpture. Nishinaka’s commercial portfolio includes Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, Credit Suisse, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pfizer, Sprint, The Peninsula Hotel, Visa, Penn State University, Paramount Pictures and Coca Cola, among others. Actor Jackie Chan, who is a close friend of the artist, owns the largest collection of Nishinaka’s work. Nishinaka began working in paper quite by accident. “I have always wanted to be a painter, but while studying illustration at Art Center, I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the same time to experiment in different mediums, one of them being paper. That was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment. I quickly developed a feel for working with paper. From then on, I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend, and round edges on it. I wanted to manipulate paper in the least invasive way, to keep the integrity and feel of it. Paper to me is a living, breathing thing that has a life of it’s own. I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive.

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Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka is the world’s premier paper sculptor with a prolific career. His portfolio spans a wide range including Bloomingdale’s, Sprint, Visa, Penn State University, Paramount Pictures and Coca Cola. Over the years he has found various techniques in how to manipulate and bend paper to make these magnificent masterpieces.

Nishinaka began working in paper quite by accident.

I have always wanted to be a painter, but while studying illustration at Art Center, I was given assignments in both a graphic design and fashion drawing class at the same time to experiment in different mediums, one of them being paper. That was my ‘Ah-ha!’ moment. I quickly developed a feel for working with paper. From then on, I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend, and round edges on it. I wanted to manipulate paper in the least invasive way, to keep the integrity and feel of it. Paper to me is a living, breathing thing that has a life of it’s own. I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive…

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Jeff Nishinaka

Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka is the world’s premier paper sculptor with a prolific career that spans 28 years. Nishinaka attended UCLA and graduated from prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he first experimented with paper and sculpture. Nishinaka’s commercial portfolio includes Bloomingdales, Visa, Paramount Pictures, Coca-Cola and others. - See more at: http://abduzeedo.com/astonishing-paper-sculptures-jeff-nishinaka#sthash.6Z7hneTw.dpuf http://www.jeffnishinaka.com/