The paintings and works on paper of Kohei Nakata are an example of patient and dedicated process. With the works on plywood panel the paint is carefully pulled across the board with a squeegee and then the process repeated until the required result. With the works on paper in coloured pencil the mark is carefully erased leaving a barely visible image. The paintings from 2011 are a combination of the two processes on board and paper where by repetitive process a rectangle is drawn then erased and painted over with semi transparent acrylic paint and then the process repeated .

Although approached from a non religious viewpoint, for a Japanese artist the process is an inherent understanding of Zen and its influence on the culture. To those outside of this culture the immediate association would be with Minimalism. These works by Kohei Nakata go beyond that visual experience. The immediate aesthetic, like the paintings and works on paper themselves, is on the surface but the viewer becomes aware of more activity underneath.

Curriculum Vitae
1981 Born in Wakayama, Japan
Lives and Works in Wakayama and Kyoto / Japan


Education

2010 MA Fine Art Painting, Natonal Colledge of Art and Design / Dublin, Ireland
2004 BA Fine Art Painting, Kyoto University of Art and Design / Kyoto, Japan


Selected Exhibitions

2017 Paintings nag Gallery Dublin
2016 Weaving Paintings nag Gallery Dublin
2015 New Works Old Tajima Factory Wakayama Japan
2014 Still Life nag Gallery Dublin
2013 New Works nag Gallery Dublin
2010 MFA Graduate Show, Natonal Colledge of Art and Design / Dublin, Ireland
2012 Kohei Nakata (solo), gallery space of Cafe Wakaya / Mie, Japan
New Forms of Beauty, Cross gallery / Dublin, Ireland
2010 MFA Graduate Show, Natonal Colledge of Art and Design / Dublin, Ireland


Collections

Office of Public Works / Ireland
AXA Insurance / Ireland

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