Osamu Kobayashi made a news splash with the opening of his exhibition ‘Watch Paint’ in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. We are pleased that this gallery artist is receiving such warm recognition.
First is an Arts & Lifestyle feature from Columbia’s weekly publication, Free Times, claiming Kobayashi as “talent beneath our noses.” The article points out that although “Kobayashi has shown heavily in New York and Europe” he has remained relatively unknown in his birthplace until now.
“The art world seems ready for Kobayashi to stay awhile, and he clearly has the mindset to do so …. After walking through the small space, one is left expecting and wanting to see more.” Read the full article here //
Next is an interview with Osamu in Jasper Magazine – The Word on Columbia Art. Check out his responses to his career, growing up in South Carolina, and what to expect from his studio in 2015.
J: Where, in your career arc, do you see yourself now?
K: I define my career by how much I hope to grow as an artist. In this respect, I am still at the beginning.
J: What brought you back to Columbia?
K: I see my painting largely as a by-product of my background. Having been born and raised here, Columbia has influenced my work in conscious and, I believe, subconscious ways. It’s a privilege to come back here and share that with everyone.
J: What up next?
K: I’m currently preparing for my group exhibitions at Ventanna244 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and the MIndy Solomon Gallery’s booth at the Art Miami fair in Miami, FL. I’m also looking forward to my second solo exhibition with AplusB Contemporary Art in Italy next year.