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.
2017 + 1 Art, Osaka, Japan
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
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
2008 American Contemporary Art
2005 Review at Bentley Projects, ARTnews, by Deborah Sussman Susser, May
2005 Shigeru Oyatani at Bentley Gallery, Art & Antiques, June