Nishimura Gallery is pleased to announce the solo
exhibition "KOBAYASHI Takanobu From Submarine to Portrait 1989-2007".
We show 20 paintings from early 'Submarine' works to latest 'Portrait'
and 10 drawings illustrated for the Yomiuri Shimbun. This retrospective
exhibition follows his change of motifs and reveals consistent spirituality
in all his works.
Takanobu Kobayashi was born in Tokyo,1960 and graduated from the
Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts in 1986. He used to paint
a submarine as himself, for example 'Alone' and 'Hard Shell'. For
Kobayashi, a submarine meant self-defense from the society. In his
early works, we can see a lonely submarine in bleak scenery insisting
In 1995, the Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki showed Kobayashi's new paintings
of dogs and water fountains in the sunshine and these works were
highly evaluated by public. Next year, he was awarded VOCA'96 Encouragement
Prize and the first show at Nishimura Gallery was held. Since 1999
he has been living and working in Bangkok and Tokyo.
He painted daily objects such as dishes or car lights, which inspired
by the life in Bangkok and his main subject has been gradually changing
His works entitled 'Dream, dreaming of us', 'Small death' and 'Sunbather'
were depicted sleeping people. Last year, our gallery exhibited
his latest works of human faces, which convey universal sense of
existence. Now, his new work of a sleeping man like Buddha, which
canvas is over 5 meters can be seen in the inaugural exhibition
"Vital Signs- Reality of nine contemporary artists" at
the Yokosuka Museum of Art .
"KOBAYASHI Takanobu From Submarine to Portrait" reveals
his serious attitude toward all works and will tell you his universal
theme through the attractive 30 works including the newest painting
of the woman's face with glasses. The 'Submarine' paintings are
for the first time exhibited at our gallery. Please come and feel
Kobayashi's fantastic world.