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

Color pencils on wood 84 x 59.5 x 2.2 cm 33.1 x 23.4 x 0.9 in
2017

Two Moons

2014

Color pencils on wood 84.1 x 59.4 x 0.5 cm 33.1 x 23.4 x 0.2 in
2014

Twos

2014

Color pencils on wood 84.1 x 59.4 x 0.5 cm 33.1 x 23.4 x 0.2 in
2014

from "Letters"

2014

Color pencils on envelopes 41.9 x 33.3 x 3 cm (framed) 16.5 x 13.1 x 1.2 in
2014

from "Letters"

2014

Color pencils on envelopes 41.9 x 33.3 x 3 cm (framed) 16.5 x 13.1 x 1.2 in
2014

Untitled (study for sculpture )

2016

pencil on paper 17.5 x 11 cm 4.3 x 6.9 in
2016

Untitled (study for sculpture )

2016

pencil on paper 17.5 x 11 cm 4.3 x 6.9 in
2016

Untitled (study for sculpture )

2015

pencil on paper 17.5 x 11 cm 4.3 x 6.9 in
2015

Dawn

2017

Color pencils on wood 84 x 59.5 x 2.2cm
2017

2017

right:The invisible seacape (Hiroshima) left:The invisible landscape (Hiroshima)
2017

Omnipresence

2017

Color pencils on wood 204 x 280 x 2.2 cm
2017

"Colours of Hiroshima" Installation view at MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

2017

2017

"Colours of Hiroshima" Installation view at MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

2017

2017

"TOKYO LONDON NEW YORK" Installation view at MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

2016

2016

2016

Installation view of “GENBI SHINKANSEN”
2016

The Potter Nigata

2015

Color pencils on wood 40 x 30 cm
2015

Kaido Niigata

2015

Color pencils on wood 40 x 30 cm
2015

Yukisarashi Niigata

2015

Color pencils on wood 40 x 30 cm
2015

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

The Last Night

2014

Color pencils on wood 160 × 500 cm
2014

Recordings

2014

Color pencils on wood 150 × 120 cm
2014

White Forest

2014

Color pencils on wood 160 × 300 cm
2014

from "Letters"

2013

Pencils on envelopes Dimension Vary   
2013

2012

“Letters” Installation view at Nakata Museum, Hiroshima
2012

2012

“Letters” Installation view at Nakata Museum, Hiroshima
2012

Nami to kitsune

2011

Color pencils on wood 120 × 300 cm
2011

2009

Entrance window commissioned work/ GYRE Omotesando
2009