Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

Artist Shintaro Ohata Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings sculpture painting optical illusion

When first viewing the artwork of Shintaro Ohata up close it appears the scenes are made from simple oil paints, but take a step back and you’re in for a surprise. Each piece is actually a hybrid of painted canvas and sculpture that blend almost flawlessly in color and texture to create a single image. The cinematic figures are sculpted from polystyrene while the backgrounds are made from traditional painting techniques. Via his artist statement:

Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture.

Ohata will have work later this year at the Akita Museum of Modern Art, and you can see much more of his work online here. (via toxel)

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