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Osamu Kobayashi

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Studio Location
Bull's Eye 44 x 36 oil on canvas 2008
Orange Stronghold 96 x 144 oil on canvas 2009
Night Winding Cloud 16 x 20 oil on canvas 2009
Puzzle Flare 72 x 60 oil on canvas 2009
Interstice 9.5 x 9.5 oil on canvas 2009
Artist's Statement

The process of painting is a power struggle for me. I take my painting one way, and it wants to go somewhere else. And when it goes somewhere else, I drag it in yet another direction. Usually the painting wins.

My recent work is reductive in form, compositionally centered, and employs a spontaneous and intuitive array of colors, shapes, and textures. Using these elements I create visual dualities: chance vs. control, organic vs. geometric, warm vs. cool, large vs. small, etc.

I aim to create paintings with a sensation similar to that of a clear thought--the idea has its bases covered; there’s no room for argument. In reality, however, these paintings are not clear thoughts; they are much more open than that. They are more of a confrontation: between what I desire to know and what I can never know entirely.



2006 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2005 New York Studio Program, New York, NY


2010 Portable Caves, HKJB, Queens, NY
2010 MICA Alumni Exhibit, Spattered Columns, New York, NY
2010 It's a Wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Lotto Blotto, Roger Van Voorhees, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Party at Chris's House, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Small Scale, Big Ambition, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2009 Personal Abstraction, HKJB, Brooklyn, NY
2009 25 Under 35, The Painting Center, New York, NY (catalog)

2008 Nurture Art Curated Benefit, James Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Square Foot Show, Gotham Art, New York, NY
2007 Groundswell Benefit, 511 Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Brackish Waters, Studio 308, New York, NY


2005 Morris Louis ’32 Scholarship, MICA
2002 Merit Scholarship, MICA
2002 Presidential Scholarship, MICA