Masao Obata - Outsider Art fra Japan
Masao Obata (1943-2010) is one of the most important and popular Outsider Artist in Japan and Europe, and his work are being shown at art exhibits all over the world. Masao Obata didn’t starts drawing until later in life, but in 1989 after he began living in a care home for people with disabilities in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, he start drawing with great intensity. Obata unstoppable desire to paint lead him to the hospital kitchen, a place where he found cardboard boxes that he used as his canvas. Night after night you could find him awake, engulfed in his drawings. He has produced thousands of drawings that he kept in the room that he shared with another patient. Always dressed from head to toe in red, he would retrieve into his fantasy world where he would draw happy families and couples on carefully rounded cardboard with red pencils. His work is harmonies, symmetrical and decorated with motives of birds and plants that for him symbolises happiness, giving his composition a certain sweetness.
In it`s simplicety, the drawings radiates a sensitivity and emotional immediacy that captivates the eye. His characters on canvas often have an enchanting, reserved "archaic smile", which may also be seen in ancient statues from 600-480 BC. Greek art. The smiles can be interpreted as an expression of the all happiness in the world and an exaltation of fate – this being an interpretation that falls in line with Masao Obatas life and his work.
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