Friday 19 April 2013

Recommended Artist: Shintaro Ohata

  Shintaro Ohata is an artist, born in Hiroshima in 1975, who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie for example that of convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. What brings magic to these scenes, though, is the light. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he thought that he could bring the atmosphere or dynamism to his paintings in a different way if he placed sculptures in front of paintings.

  I quote from his site, "Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture." and I completely agree. It's almost as if the artist opened a window to another realm of reality and a character stepped out of that world just for our viewing pleasure. It's a combination of a realistic background with a person painted in an impressionist way. The colours are very well chosen for each piece and I am left wanting to see more.

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