toshiaki hicosaka  is kyoto-based painter who holds a degree in information design from kyoto university of art + design, and it's this expertise which may have inspired his tech approach – mind you, he has been using coarse-grained photographs as a base for many of his canvases. the japanese painter has a keen interest in the relationship between people and iconography, and extensively explores various media to maintain a broad perspective to explore and capture the essence of whatever catches his gaze. however, painting is very much at the core of hicosaka's creative focus, and the exhibition which opens today, in the presence of the master himself, at aishonanzuka gallery in hong kong is prove of that. entitled touching/touched, the show references hicosaka's practice of using a wide variety of materials even in his paintings, and thus a tactile allure that aims to link up with the power of an evocative image. on display is a range of major works that have been on display at major venues across the planet, in addition to a body of new artworks [on through oct 22]. location: regency centre, 9 wong chuk hang road, phase 1, unit 13a [aberdeen].