I truly admire Kotaro’s work. He creates beautiful abstract paintings with bright colours.

Based in Japan, Kotaro Machiyama distils colours and shapes seen in natural landscapes. He is a great master in simplifying their forms while capturing their complexities.

The flat planes of colour portray a depth of field that isn’t common in abstract painting. It transports the viewer outside of the present moment.

The artist does some drafting on Photoshop before painting an image, and this seems appropriate given that the crisp lines seem almost digitally rendered.

He creates a reconstruction that is idealized, but not easy to read, forcing the viewer to fit the disparate forms together and mentally construct the landscape.

And trust me when I say that his paintings look even better in the flesh than they do online!

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Artwork: Corner by Kotaro Machiyama
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Artwork: Before I know by Kotaro Machiyama
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Artwork: Empty by Kotaro Machiyama
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