Illusions of the Third Dimension: Shintaro Ohata

In today’s world of ever changing and ever evolving art, it becomes hard for any artist to get noticed. But true talent does see the light of the day sooner or later. The Japanese artist, Shintaro Ohata created buzz in the art world with his collection of pieces that are a hybrid of canvass oil paintings and sculptures. Each piece when viewed, merges together seamlessly to form a single artwork of similar colour and texture. The figures in the foreground are sculpted from polystyrene while the backgrounds are painted on canvass using oil paints.

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He has to his credit, various solo and group exhibitions, commissioned art works and has even won quite a few national awards. Through his works, he tries to capture the everyday mundane scenarios such as a girl walking on the street or standing on a train station. What sets him apart is his unique style of painting which makes the viewers assume that there is some sort of light source in his works. There is dynamism and there is movement which gives his pieces a life-like quality.

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Colour also plays a great role in his works. He chooses settings such as a rainy day, night time or dawn that have a definitive colour theme to them and that transcends onto his entire piece. His works are not only pleasing to the eye but also intriguing to the soul.

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