Seiichiro Osa

UPO

There is something that only I know.

Whether clear or lacking in clarity, when a plethora of issues cumulate upon oneself like a stratum, one realizes that there are certain things that cannot be researched by opening the pages of an encyclopedia or referring to the internet. Ultimately, one becomes intent on purely pursuing “what is true,” rather than finding the answer. One presumes that paintings created in this manner, exudes a certain radiance like some undiscovered planet that no one yet knows of.

And seemingly in the midst of a never-ending state of eternity, they appear oblivious to these concerns.
As such, I cannot express my love enough for paintings.

 

Seiichiro Osa

“UPO” 2020, Oil on canvas,100 x 75.5 cm, Price: JPY 350,000. (tax excl)

Yutaka Kikutake Gallery is pleased to present “UPO,” a solo exhibition with Seiichiro Osa. Marking the artist’s second solo presentation with the gallery since his previous showing two years ago in the summer of 2018, the exhibition introduces a series of new works which Osa has titled, “UPO (Unidentified Painting Object).”

“UPO” 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm,
Price: JPY 150,000. (tax excl)


“UPO” 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm,
Price: JPY 150,000. (tax excl)

Osa had given his 2018 solo exhibition the title, “Echo, UPO.” In his statement at the time, he wrote, “…Whether or not we both tumble the way we want or experience the inadvertent slip of the hand, we continue to look on without the least care about the inconsistences, certainties, and mystery that resides within a single painting. The paint and I radiantly flicker to our heart’s extent. For me it is to see the light, and for painting perhaps, it is to be the very light itself. This enigmatic paint that echoes in resonation!” In this respect, it seemed that what he had entrusted in the word “echo,” was the resonance between the canvas and the paint that is a means of inscribing the image upon it, and that of his own work and practice. The abrupt resistance to the touch and stroke of the paintbrush caused by using a rough canvas, while conveying Osa’s very breathing and movement of his body through the reflective strokes that remain on the painterly plane, give rise to a process of generation he refers to as a “bout,” as a result serving to establish painting as “that which echoes.”

“UPO” 2020, Oil on canvas, 33 x 24 cm,
Price: JPY 120,000. (tax excl)

“UPO” 2020, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm,
Price: JPY 150,000. (tax excl)

On the occasion of this exhibition he states, “Ultimately, one becomes intent on purely pursuing “what is true,” rather than finding the answer. One presumes that paintings created in this manner…” What this statement communicates is that rather than obtaining a certain answer through painting, there is something that “is true” to him, which is indeed Unidentified. It appears to express in a straightforward manner the artist’s space of painting that never closes, in which the brushstrokes extending in both vertical and horizontal directions upon layers of paint that convey light and shadow, as well as the lattices reminiscent of windows, organically connect and present a dynamic impression.

“UPO” 2019, Oil on canvas, 61 x 45.5 cm,
Price: JPY 150,000. (tax excl)

“UPO” 2019, Oil on canvas, 61 x 45.5 cm,
Price: JPY 150,000. (tax excl)


Seiichiro Osa was born in Shizuoka in 1985. He graduated with a Masters in Oil Painting from the Department of Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011, and has ever since exhibited his painting works in numerous exhibitions both in Japan and overseas. Throughout his practice, Osa has engaged in producing abstract paintings through a repetition of motifs such as circular, triangular, and square forms that are composed of minimum and fundamental elements.

His production process that directly confronts mediums such as the canvas and paint creates a sense of arbitrariness and contingency while giving rise to autonomy and homogeneity, with the dynamic brushstrokes appearing to transcend the boundaries of the rectangular contours of the canvas. The very time within which Osa executes his brushstrokes in competing against the canvas in front of him, emerge before the eyes of viewers as works that convey traces and reverberations of the process the artist himself refers to as a “bout.”

 

His recent exhibitions include, “NEW VISION SAITAMA The Emerging Body”, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (2016), “The Way of Painting”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2015), “SLASH / square”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, gallery 5 (2014) and “JAPANESE PAINTING NOW!”, Kunstverein Letschebach (2014).


“○△□” 2018, Oil on canvas, 181 x 228 cm,
Price: JPY 750,000. (tax excl)