April 20 - May 21. Reception, Saturday, April 30 5 - 7 PM
Keisho Okayama’s paintings are powerful, expressive abstractions balanced by a serene introspection. These are soulful, meditative works that speak of the human condition, the influence of nature’s power, and a universal spirituality. Often ghostly and ethereal, Okayama’s paintings are filled with mystery, drama, and a turbulent sense of movement. Although modest in scale these paintings are operatic in their presence. His work is solidly built on a foundation of optimistic devotion to the artistic endeavor. These are paintings about the love for painting and being a painter.
Process and intuition greatly influence Okayama’s studio practice. The preparation of the unstretched canvas, his applications of atmospheric stains and washes, his bold brush handling, and his unique and surprising color palette all come together in the studio to result in these remarkable abstractions. Okayama’s unstretched, free-form paintings establish a unique presence on the wall, the draping of the canvases opening a dialogue with the space around them. His paintings are tactile and unpretentious, while at the same time possess a self-assured formality.