' Shigeru Oyatani - Kim Foster Gallery
Shigeru Oyatani
Fantastic Lucid Dream
May 17 - April 23, 2011

Press Release

The new paintings have a visual layering that requires excavation. Your eye is initially led into compositions that reference a metaphorical dream, or a metaphysical vision. In many of these works, Oyatani gracefully marks the surfaces with small strokes of sometimes bizarre imagery in bright hues, often against dark monochromatic expanses of architectural details.

Raised in Japan and residing in New York for several years, Oyatani has been inspired to create hybrid works that touch on both Eastern and Western traditions. His use of color, composition, form and subject matter are a fine blending of his natural inclination to integrate cultures and their visual vocabulary.

Through numerous build-ups of thin layers of oil paint, Oyatani’s work combines elements of abstraction and representation, pattern and grid, and surface and illusion. Upon further inspection, several layers begin to emerge, creating an almost hyper real space where the transition between dreams and reality crisscrosses brilliantly into an altogether unexpected state of awareness.

Oyatani was born in Kobe, Japan in 1972. Although mostly a self-taught artist, he studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Student League in New York. In addition to Kim Foster Gallery, he has had solo exhibitions at Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. His work has been reviewed in ARTnews and Art & Antiques, and he is in many private collections.

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Past Exhibitions

Biography

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011    Kim Foster Gallery, Fantastic Lucid Dream, New York, NY

2008   Kim Foster Gallery, Third Plane, New York, NY

2007   Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2006   Kim Foster Gallery, Contact Points, New York, NY

2004   Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2004   Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2002   Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Come In From The Cold, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2015 Ozasahayashi, Koyoto, Japan

2012  Sacred Vision, Separate Views, Tibet House, New York

2012  What’s My Line? Kim Foster Gallery, New York

2012  IMA Festival, Sport Your Food, traveled to Milan, New York and London

2011   Night, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2008   Art Chicago booth at Kim Foster Gallery, Merchandise Mart Chicago

2007   Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2006   Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2006   Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2005   Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2005   The Diversity Show, Credit Suisse First Boston, curator Betty Levin, New York, NY

2005   Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2004   Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2003   Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2002   Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2008   American Contemporary Art

2005   Review at Bentley Projects, ARTnews, by Deborah Sussman Susser, May

2005   Shigeru Oyatani at Bentley Gallery, Art & Antiques, June