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MILT KOBAYASH Castle Howard Yorkshire (Brideshead Revisited)

“I was painting,,,late one night. blurry eyed and groggy. i laid in the beginnings of a painting and liked what i did. basically, for a long long time i've been trying to add some of nicolai fechin's color modulations into my sweeping style. since i work alla prima, this was difficult to do. what i came up with in my half groggy state was movement from cools, warms, and greys working together.


This is different from my previous works wherein these three elements were uniformly committed to specific areas of a figure. example, where once my foreheads were greyed or cooled on the sides and warmer at the center, i now place them in DIFFERENT areas of the forehead. in order to do this and control my paint without getting sloppy all over the place, my process has also changed, thereby resulting in significantly cleaner and more accurate heads.
The sacrifice is that in some paintings i've foresaken a few "kobayashi-isms". the painting "andrea" is an example of how i'm attacking a head. always, this is when the head is significantly larger for me to work into. however in general the result is also that i'm looking at my ideas from another angle.”

Milt Kobayashi (Oct 2012)


MILT KOBAYASH & SHEANA New York

 

Milt Kobayashi in an Original Frame

Bohemia Galleries is preparing for its third major exhibition of international best selling artist Milt Kobayashi, the owners Steve & Sheana Eccles have taken this opportunity to speak with Milt and get his own insight into his work and developments over the last couple of years.

A third generation Japanese-American, Kobayashi was born in New York City, soon after that his family moved to Oahu, Hawaii, and then ventured to Los Angeles when he was eight. After receiving his B.A. in 1970 from the University of California - Los Angeles, Kobayashi began working as an illustrator. After returning to New York City, a casual visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art permanently altered Kobayashi's artistic direction and prompted a career change. There he saw Velazquez's portrait Juan de Paraja. In Milt Kobayashi’s intimate, urban paintings, time stands still. Yet, the expressive narrative flows and ebbs with a rhythmic cadence of colour and the brevity of the artist’s brushstrokes. He distils the essence of a casual moment or a late-night mood to the point that the imagery itself engages the audience in an intriguing dialogue. With merely a hint of detail and the simplicity of a single brushstroke, Kobayashi has perfected his fine art of subtlety.

The dramas of life's simple events are the perfect settings for Milt to express his brushwork. His brush is meant to be seen closely. The turn of his stroke here or there breaths life into these subtle moments, inviting, and drawing you in. Thus far he has presented his themes on smaller canvases, but he is starting to turn to larger works as he contemplates more involved spatial relationships.

While Japanese art has always been his focus, it was always infused with his western aesthetics, artists who he immersed himself in. Tonal realists like Sergeant, Chase, Sorolla, and Velasquez. But his Asian roots always brings him back to spatial compositions, and he is once again involved in those aesthetics of vignette narratives, now with Thomas Dewing and Klimt or Schiele, but with stronger colour accents, sometimes harmonic sometimes discordant, and always trying to surprise. But even here, the surprises are subtle and small, so again he asks you to look very closely because it is there waiting to be found."
Kobayashi himself a creature of the city at night, is drawn to the same foreboding, nocturnal scenes that magnetized Toulouse-Lautrec. Known for his urban cafe and bar scenes which dominated his work in the 90's, he has moved to the non-smoking section and is gravitating toward quieter settings -- an afternoon tearoom, a milliner's shop, the tranquillity of a private home. Still a tonalist, he admits to a growing freedom in his use of colour. The intricacies in fabrics and accessories fade as patches of stronger colour emerge. Backgrounds of red or green and the artist's extensive use of black intensify his compositional use of negative space and serve to focus attention on atmosphere.

While he is less and less a painter of details, it is the hint of detail that most intrigues us, and Milt Kobayashi has perfected the fine art of subtlety.

Milt finds that the best way for him to experiment with new work, new techniques and new approaches to colour is through the workshops he teaches. “It’s my opportunity to experiment” says Kobyashi, “I take that back to my easel in New York City because I will do things in a seminar that I will not think about doing while working in my studio. Demonstrations give me a chance to break out and how I break out is through colour. Ideas also flow in an interesting way because everything has to happen quickly and I have to think on the spot and what emerges sometimes surprises even me. I learned everything I know today from my own observations. I am very pragmatic, I feel you ingest everything you need to know and no one can teach you better than you to yourself.


British art correspondent, Godfrey Barker wrote of Kobayashi, "Milt Kobayashi's compositions are wicked in their education, wicked in their skilful calculation and wickedly clever in their balance, their tonal contrasts and their negative space. In short, we're looking at an unusually professional and well-sourced artist, cultivated in a manner uncommon in the desert of Disney that is modern America. He's apart from his age and we need to see more of him!" (London Evening Standard.)

Kobayashi has received two major awards: the National Academy of Design's Ranger Purchased Award and the Allied Arts Silver Medal. His work has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, and Reader's Digest magazines. His work was featured at the Artist of America show in Denver, CO for several years and he has had many sold out shows throughout the United States and England.

 

Contact Sheana Eccles tel. 01482 880226 m.07880747454 for details or email sheana@a-r-t.co.uk.


 

 

Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Golden Girl

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 10" x 10"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Landscape Figure

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Lilli

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Monique Landscape

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Peacock

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Twilight Tones

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Sideward Glance

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 10" x 8"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Saucy

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Well-Worn-Overcoat

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Angie

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 10" x 8"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Changes

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 14" x 14"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Soho-Woman

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Leaning

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 9" x 11"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: The first time they met

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 13" x 13"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Older Sister

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 12" x 12"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Golden Screen

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Patterns

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Upon closer inspection

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 14" x 14"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Love's Comfort

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Image Size: 14" x 14"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Stripes

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 14" x 12"

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Artist: Milt Kobayashi

Title: Shut Eye

Medium: Original Oil on Canvas

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Image Size: 10" x 8"

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