“The process of painting is a power struggle. I take my paintings one way; they want to go somewhere else. And when they go somewhere else, I drag them in another direction. In the end, the paintings usually win. My work is reductive in form, often 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. Like a good story, the elements that comprise each work push and pull off of each other, creating a unified structure that stays contained—but never becomes subdued—within its own parameters. The aim is to create work 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 can never be 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.”
Osamu Kobayashi was born in Columbia, SC in 1984. He has exhibited widely in the US and abroad including solo exhibitions at the Greenwich House in New York, AplusB Contemporary Art in Italy, and John Davis Gallery in New York. He was recently awarded the Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of the Morris Louis ’ 32 scholarship. Osamu currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Welcome to the Gallery, Osamu!