In the painting world, Izumi Kogahara is what one might call a natural-born master of color use. Her unique use of warm, cool and neutral colors in all directions produces a singular brilliance and depth from each hue.
Through the supple gestures and expressions of her female subjects the painter shows the range of emotions that humans possess. At their core, Kogahara's works exude pure ideas including a love for others as well as desire and hope.
This exhibition provides an opportunity to experience the latest works from Kogahara, an up-and-coming artist engaged in a wide range of artistic endeavors.
Comments from Kogahara on Her Works
The older I become, the more difficult I find it to express my own feelings in a simple and direct manner. My thoughts and expressions become hopelessly entangled, and before I know it I find myself tragically lost in a maze of feelings. Despite this, I believe that the heart, at its core, is able to withstand just about anything, and inside of my heart are clear and straightforward ideas that silently persist over time, standing firm and unchanging. People remain the same at their core while their thoughts and means of expression continually change over the years. Through my works, I hope to shine light on such inner workings of human beings, giving voice to each moment while incorporating the real-time perspectives and sensations of that point in time. This is what I feel when I face a fresh canvas.