The intricate paintings of Koji Inagaki reveal intricate patterning of shapes and colours which form the beautiful skin of female nudes. Armed with a kaleidoscopic palette of near neon colours, Inagaki's sensuous nudes serve as a psychological reminder to the presumed masculine persona of the modern painter. Deeply attracted to the sensation of various materials, Inagaki incorporates multiple subjects, each with a distinct tactile feel to add an alternate dimension to his paintings.
Representing the curvaceous form and stoic pose of the woman itself does not however, provide a great enough challenge to maintain the artist's interest. The three nudes of Blue Skin (Lot 1767), is a complex composition of the same woman rotated across the canvas, yet the tattoo-like patterns on each figure is unique, purposefully challenging the viewer's perception of time and space. As if she were donning a second skin, the 'tattoos' replicate the pattern projected on the background, providing the illusion that at a finger's touch, her skin may be as cool as the plastered wall behind her. In yet another visually compelling composition, Inagaki threads intricate patterns in Lace (Lot 1766) with blooming flowers, branches and delicate streams of blue light. The central figure, partially veiled by the surroundings looks suspended in mid air, somewhere between the bottom and top surface of the canvas. The overall impression is that the separate layers of the paintings are overlapped to create such splendid visual effect, however, it is only at close observation that one realizes Inagaki's exceptionally careful spatial arrangement that allows for an overall vibrant, three dimensional impression.