Photos of my latest exhibition at Baron Gallery are here. Vancouver Observer review of my work and talk is here. Photos of my artist talks are here and here.
"Unlearning How to Paint" with Dr. Paul G. Swingle, "ART AND THE BRAIN"
Photos of "My Big Action Painting" workshop are here. Photos of the work of the participants in my workshop are here.
Melanie Kobayashi grew up in southwestern Ontario, Canada. She studied fine arts at the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where she works in a studio in the heart of the city. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and Japan.
Currently I am exploring gestural mark-making and colour with various media to invoke memories and suggest environments. I am also interested in reframing through reductive artmaking where I rework large pieces into progressively smaller works. In this process, new dimensions are born and the smallest gestures take on new significance. Artists who influence my latest work include Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and Jack Bush. You will also find on this site works that deal with specific issues, such as what it means to be Canadian.
(c) Melanie Kobayashi, 2010-2012