Kenichi Hoshine's Paintings

Kenichi’s work sits between two artistic styles, figurative and abstract. Like the line at the edge of the spotlight, one part is clear as day while the other lays in the shadows. At first it seems like a jostle between abstract shapes and swathes of color but as your eyes settle you notice distinct objects – a coffee pot, a vintage movie projector, a dagger – and lesser defined figures who act out dramas as if on stage.

“I guess it's the best of both worlds when you try to say everything in a singular painting,” he says. “You don't want to spoon-feed your audience but you don't want to alienate them either. You don't want to be too saccharine nor too subtle. I don't think I consciously try to hit this balance when I paint but of course, it's always in the back of my mind and my subconscious may guide me towards this murky middle ground.”

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