November 21 – January 3, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 2019 6-8pm
Hisako Kobayashi grew up in Tokyo before moving to New York City in 1981 to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. She has exhibited at New York’s Georges Berges Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum, and at other prestigious venues on four continents. As an abstract painter, her art combines the influences of a person who still feels a strong affinity for her native culture, while integrating her life experience outside Japan in her work.
The dean of American art critics, Donald Kuspit, has devoted an essay to Hisako’s work. Kuspit contrasts her art with Jackson Pollock’s, observing: “Kobayashi’s slower moving, more intimate paintings–their more tender surface drawing us into the sensual depths, luring our psyche rather their overwhelming it, their calmer gestures softly touching the canvas rather than brusquely thrown down on it, their refined painterliness at odds with Pollock’s raw painterliness—embody the feminine sublime.”