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Nameless Horse
by ShugoArts
Location: ShugoArts
Artist(s): Masato KOBAYASHI
Date: 10 May - 28 Jun 2014

The caves of Lascaux, portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, Picasso's Guernica: What springs to mind when you think of horses depicted in artworks? This long-standing motif, which you'd think must have been painted in every way possible, is what Masato Kobayashi chooses to paint now. And yet the horse that emerges on his canvases is not a symbol of power, or a companion in life. It is "just" a horse, a nameless horse. This solitary horse, which is given life through its painting, just stands, looking ahead, with its lustrous coat and dignified eyes.

Several of the horse paintings seem to be self-portraits, and they are exhibited here with Kobayashi's depictions of women and stars - all painted with "the paint of the planet," inhabitants of his "planet of painting." As with the works from "LOVE more awful! And more beautiful because painting is all for love!" Kobayashi continues to seek out more liberated forms of painting. Now it is up to us to decide how we respond to these paintings, which have been freed by the artist from the preconceived frameworks and notions of the medium.

Last time, in "LOVE more awful! And more beautiful because painting is all for love!" I wanted to explore the borderline between terrible painting and beautiful painting, so I asked myself: What is beautiful painting? What does terrible painting mean? Aren't they all inhabitants of the planet painting?
I guess the reason I've painted horses this time is because they are inhabitants of the planet painting, too.
Beyond the border - the "fence" - that separates terrible painting from beautiful painting, there was a horse, standing in a field. There are lots of different types of horses, but this was just a horse - a Nameless Horse.

- Masato Kobayashi

*image (left)
courtesy of the artist and ShugoArts

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