Kohei Nakata's paintings come from a culture with a high regard for its traditions of approach to the making of an object.  It is a culture that has made a religion of the aesthetic and created disciplines in the achieving of it.  These paintings embrace that past and sit comfortably within contemporary art practice.  They are therefore without the constraints of fashion and take the willing eye of the observer to a place where there is no narrative, no explanation.  They are the completed journey of the artist  inviting us the onlooker to, perhaps in our viewing, begin ours.

The gauze paintings continue the theme of layering with each gauze painted a different colour and placed on top of each other which produces the same effect as the water marks of silk.  The viewer has to engage physically by moving from left to right of the piece to see how the work shifts and changes with a different perspective and altering light.

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