Shintaro Ohata creates works that are paintings and 3D sculptures combined into one final installation. They have a cheerful and childlike quality, taking one through travels of everyday life and experiences. Usually a little girl is portrayed – doing things like walking on a fence, dancing, riding a merry-go-round or a bike. The environments range from fast food joints to city scenes; the actions are normal realities – playing your iPod, petting a cat or enjoying a sunset.
He says that it all started from when he wondered - “If I could present the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings in a more different way – if I place sculptures in front of paintings”.
Shintaro’s moody lighting is impeccable, capturing the beautiful warmth of a sunset or the sterile coldness of a McDonald’s, depending on the subject. Up close, the tactile paper mache-like quality of the sculptures begs to be played with. (See the detail of the cat below). They are sculpted from polystyrene while the backgrounds are traditional paintings. They leave one feeling happy and young again, back in touch with your inner child, when it was so easy to just “be”.
LINK – to Shintaro’s Website