ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka


1F OAP Art Court, 1-8-5 Tenmabashi, Kita-ku, Osaka 5300042, Japan



ARTCOURT Gallery will present a solo exhibition “Little birds, why don’t you listen?” featuring the paintings of Yasuyoshi Botan at VOLTA NY 2017.

Born to the family of a long-established restaurant in Osaka in 1971, Botan grew up surrounded by traditional kimono and pottery and naturally acquired consciousness to forms and color sensibility that are uniquely Japanese. While studying painting in New York City upon graduating high school in Japan, he became interested in the different views of the world between Western painting and Eastern painting. Subsequently Botan created his style of painting that evokes mysterious intimacy and distinctive emotions by exercising techniques and rules from both.

He states as follows:

“I am fascinated by the system of painting. Painting holds a number of universal questions (land and figure, part and whole, concrete and abstract, reality and painted space, ‘is color material or representation?’ et al.); however, rather than making one of the opposing two a correct answer, I approach the essence of painting by transferring both continuously on canvas. The action of seeking essence in the transformation itself is very close to the feeling of Japanese-style utsuroiyuku* or ‘perpetual change’.”

Our concept in the exhibition for VOLTA NY 2017 is to “replace color with birds”. Botan will bring out the transformation of beings by focusing on the relationship of neighboring colors and ever-changing hues in painting.

A little bird whose tweets we can here but cannot spot it because she is flying between the trees too fast; color whose name we know as “red” or “blue” and we can see with our own eyes but cannot quite grasp their physical substance. We will experiment to share with the viewers the fascinating concepts of “difficult to grasp” and uncertainty or fragility in this world by overlapping these two.

In 2012 Botan was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He now resides in Tokyo and continues to gain experience and acclaim. ARTCOURT Gallery is thrilled to bring Botan back to New York City where he formed the style of painting that is now his signature.

* utsuroiyuku: an old Japanese perception that everything comes from impermanence. Japanese had sought esthetic in this approach.

Yasuyoshi Botan, magic hour, 2016, Oil, pencil, gesso on canvas, 91 x 91 cm
Yasuyoshi Botan, golden fox, 2016, Oil, pencil, gesso on canvas, 91 x 91 cm
Yasuyoshi Botan, light tree, 2016, Oil, pencil, gesso on canvas, 91 x 91 cm
Yasuyoshi Botan, garden, 2015, Oil, pencil, gesso on canvas, 162 x 391.5 cm
Yasuyoshi Botan, a little confusion, 2015, Oil, pencil, gesso, oil pastel on canvas, 145.5 x 194 cm
Yasuyoshi Botan, gate, 2015, Oil, pencil, gesso, oil pastel on canvas, 194 x 261 cm