Publication Commemorative Exhibition “Ordinary life, Normal paintings”

11 April – 20 May 2017

日曜 月曜 祝日 休廊
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and National Holiday
However, the gallery will be open on April 24 and May 1.

h. 12 cm ガラス、樹脂、アルプスの雪解け水、ホログラム


小林孝亘(1960年東京生まれ)は1986年に愛知県立芸術大学美術学部油画科を卒業後、外界との接触を断つ自身の投影として、9年近くにわたり「潜水艦」の姿を描きつづけました。その後、1995年の『絵画考 ’95』展(水戸芸術館)において、柔らかな木漏れ日に包まれる公園の水飲み場や犬などを描いた作品を発表。単一のモチーフを画面の中心に配置し、正面から見た構図で捉えたそれらは、複数のモチーフが沈んだ色彩の中に共在する「潜水艦」とは一転、シンプルで清新な、まばゆい光に溢れたものでした。これを機に小林は「潜水艦」から脱皮し、以降、食器や枕といった主に日常的なものを題材に「普遍性」と「光」に重点を置いた絵画を制作するようになりました。近年では、今まで画面から意識的に排除してきた「物語」の要素を感じさせる作品も手がけるようになっています。


Nishimura Gallery will hold an exhibition from 11 April to 20 May to commemorate the publication of the special edition of “Ordinary life, Normal paintings” by Takanobu Kobayashi. The book is Kobayashi’s first collection of essays released last December by Kyuryudo. The special limited edition of 50 copies will include the book, a drawing (with acrylic frame), a snow globe, and a special case to hold the entire set. The book, the drawings, and the snow globe are all signed by the artist. The drawings, which were created especially for this special edition, have a wide range of motifs, including pillows, tableware, forests, people, and blocks of wood. In this exhibition, all 50 drawings and a snow globe will be exhibited for the first time together with two of his latest paintings.

Takanobu Kobayashi (b. 1960, Tokyo) graduated from Aichi University of the Arts in 1986. After graduating from the oil painting department of the University, Kobayashi spent nearly nine years painting the figure of a “Submarine” as a projection of himself, cutting off all contact with the outside world. Later, in 1995, at the exhibition “Discover Paintings: works & language” (Art Tower Mito), he painted a water fountain and a dog in a park surrounded by the soft sunlight filtering through the trees. The single motif placed in the center of the painting and captured in a frontal composition was simple, fresh, and overflowing with dazzling light. It was a complete change from “Submarine” in which multiple motifs coexist in subdued colors. This was an opportunity for Kobayashi to break away from “Submarine,” and since then, he has been creating paintings focusing on “universality” and “light,” mainly using everyday objects such as dishes and pillows as his subjects. In recent years, he has begun to make works that evoke elements of “narrative,” which he had consciously excluded from his paintings until now.

Kobayashi has attracted attention since the mid-1990s, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad, including solo shows at Nishimura Gallery (1996 -), The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2000), Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (2004), and Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa (2014). Kobayashi has always maintained a certain distance from the current trends and has steadily acquired new expressions while groping inside himself. His works combine a contemporary sense with timeless universality, and have the power to draw viewers into the fascination of painting once again.
Please look forward to Kobayashi’s 14th solo exhibition at the gallery after a year and a half of absence.
We are sincerely looking forward to your visit.



小林孝亘 エッセイ集「ふつうの暮らし、あたりまえの絵」(求龍堂、2016) サイン入り
送料: ¥370

TAKANOBU KOBAYASHI “Ordinary life, Normal paintings” (Kyuryudo Art Publishing, 2016), signed.