Nishimura Gallery is pleased to present KOBAYASHI Takanobu solo exhibition for the first time in 2 years.
KOBAYASHI Takanobu was born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 1960, and graduated from Aichi University of the Arts in 1986. For about 9 years after the graduation, he made a series of painting of a “submarine”, which was a metaphor to himself who tried to cut off contacts with the outside world to concentrate on working. In the group exhibition “Mito Annual ’95 −Discover Paintings: works & language” (Art Tower Mito) in 1995, he showed the paintings of a drinking fountain, a tree and a dog in the park covered with sunlight filtering trough trees. After this exhibition, he put an end to “submarine” series, and started to paint various subject like pillow, dish, tale lamp, forest and human figure focusing on light and universality.
Kobayashi’s works were exhibited a lot within and outside the country, for example, the solo exhibition at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2000) and Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (2004). In last year 2014, his retrospective solo exhibition was held at Yokosuka Museum of Art, and his latest book was also published from Seigensha Art Publishing. Nishimura Gallery held his solo exhibition for the first time in 1996, and since then, we have his exhibition continually.
In Kobayashi’s solo exhibition of 2013 at our gallery, he showed paintings which subjects seems to be unrealistic; for example, a man being led by a bird in the forest. In contrast to his previous works which motives are familiar in our daily life, these works comprise several motives which came from the image in his mind and they seems to be one scene of a story. He tried to keep away such narrativity until then. However, even though the narrativity may limit the interpretation of work, he seems that those should be painted or accepted because such images come his mind again and again.
Meanwhile, what Kobayashi has been trying to paint is consistent. As he said “I believed it was fine if I could paint the universal existence. After all, what I want to paint was existence”, there is no essential difference as long as the object moves himself and represents existence.
Main subject of Kobayashi’s latest 5 oil paintings and 6 drawings in this exhibition is all in forest; inverted vessel in grass, block which keeps impossible balance, man lying along a river, and so on. Though these are unrealistic and narrative painting, at the same time, these have mysterious attraction which make us feel strong reality.