KENTARO KOBUKE

Born in Hiroshima 1975, and currently lives and works in London. Kobuke graduated from Kuwasawa Design Institute in1998, from Chelsea College of Arts MFA in 2009. He received the Fellowship of Overseas Study Program for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs by the Japanese Government.

Kobuke creates fantastic paintings (drawings) evoking references to mythology and fairy tales using a distinctive method in which he draws with colored pencils directly onto boards of natural wood. He is acclaimed for a style of symbolic motifs submerged in a richness of expression reminiscent of the Transavantgarde movement. His Letters series poetically depicts the traces of communication residing in media such as envelopes and paper. The artist frequently works with partners in a number of fields, producing commissioned works for public art and collaborations with apparel brands.

His recent exhibitions include “17th DOMANI:The Art of Tomorrow” The National Art Center, Tokyo (2015), “Letters” Nakata Museum, Onomichi, Hiroshima (2012), “Mokume” Daiwa Foundation, London (2012), “The Frank Suss Collection” Phillips de Pury & Company, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010)

Blue rainbow

2017

colored pencil on wood plate 84 x 59.5 x 2.2cm
2017

Dawn

2017

colored pencil on wood plate 84 x 59.5 x 2.2cm
2017

Installation view of "Colours of Hiroshima" MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

2017

2017

Installation view of "Colours of Hiroshima" MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

2017

2017

Untitled (study for sculpture )

2016

H.17.5 x W.11 cm pencil on paper
2016

Installation view of "TOKYO LONDON NEW"

2016

2016

2016

Installation view of “GENBI SHINKANSEN”
2016

The Potter Nigata

2015

Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2015

Kaido Niigata

2015

H.60×W.168cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2015

Yukisarashi Niigata

2015

H.50×W.40cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2015

2015

Installation view at “Domani”/ The National Art Center, Tokyo
2015

2015

Installation view at “Domani”/ The National Art Center, Tokyo
2015

2015

Installation view at “Domani”/ The National Art Center, Tokyo
2015

The Last Night

2014

W.500×H.160cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2014

Recordings

2014

H.150×W.120cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2014

Twos

2014

H.84.1×W.59.4cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2014

White Forest

2014

H.300×W.160cm Colored Pencils On Wood Board
2014

from "Letters"

2014

Dimension Vary Pencils On Envelopes
2014

from "Letters"

2014

Dimension Vary Pencils On Envelopes
2014

Letter76

2013

Dimension Vary Pencils On Envelopes   
2013

2012

Installation view at “Letters”/ Nakata Museum, Hiroshima
2012

2012

Installation view at “Letters”/ Nakata Museum, Hiroshima
2012

Nami to kitsune

2011

H.120×W.300cm Colored Pencils On Wood
  
2011

2009

Entrance window commissioned work/ GYRE Omotesando
2009