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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Shintaro Ohata
















Shintaro Ohata



Born in Hiroshima, 1975.
Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world.



Selected Awards

2009
Celeste Prize 2009, Shortlisted Prize (installation & sculpture)
2006
GEISAI#10, yukari-art, Inc.award,
WWD Japan award,
DENTSU award,
GIANT ROBOT award
2005
GEISAI#7, BTmagazine award
2004
GEISAI#6, YUZU-Kitagawa Yujin award

AWARDS

Selected Commission Works

CD jackets

2001
“Daylight”, Rika Shinohara
“Suiyoubi no Wine”, Rika Shinohara

Book Covers

2007
“Bungaku-no toshi”, Motoyuki Shibata, University of Tokyo Press
2004
“Yoru-wa mou aketeiru”, Toshiki Komazawa, Kadokawa Group Publishing








Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture. His further steps have been noticed as he has been featured by lots of media from overseas, including a cultural magazine from the USA that featured him on their front cover and a long interview.


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