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AS IS | Shintaro Ohata


From Hiroshima, Japan

Based in Kanagawa, Japan

Shintaro is a mystifying artist, who is capturing everyday life and gives special attention to the presence of light through these scenes. He shares with the observer a unique perspective on ongoing action as well as leaves some mystery for the mind to wonder around

1 - "Ballon"; 2 - "Untitled"; 3 - “In a corner the world"

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

S: Art competition and festival called “GEISAI"

A: What inspires you the most?

S: Light. Sunshine, city lights, and any form of light.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

S: Stretching a canvas on a frame is a ritual for me.

A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

S: Discover what you want to express first rather than techniques.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

S: Beautiful, gentle, “setsunai” which is a Japanese adjective hard to translate into English.Something close to bittersweet.

A: The best angle to look at art is from …?

S: Artist’s view

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

S: Where and at which point was your heart moved

A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?

S: Regarding my artwork, there is no need to read any books.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

S: While the art world changes every day drastically, I want to stay how I am.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

S: Where there is a will, there is a way.

Thank you!

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