Hiro Kurata‘s paintings are bright, chaotic and surreal allegories that seek to tell the story of cultural and racial conflict in modern Western Society and his confusion between the concepts of race and culture in America. The most predominant figures in his paintings, the baseball sluggers – and he’s not even into baseball – and samurai’s are forever locked in mortal combat, an ever ending battle for supremacy, wealth and power in a contemporary age of celebrity.
Kurata sees painting as a means to inspire us to create a better society through what he calls ‘true creation’. It is his fundamental belief that the artistic gesture can create a better place. For him:
I believe that presenting new ideas and formats will inspire the others and leeds to a better society [and] painting has been the most effective way for me to understand where I come from and who I might be.
Like Kurata I too believe that art has the potential to create a better place for all of us and it always gives me great hope when I come across an artist who, despite the cynicism, strongly believes that art has the power to change.
Hiro Kurata’s solo show ‘This land was your land’ will be exhibited from 9th November – 7th December, 2012 at The Ivory & Black gallery, Soho, 94 Berwick Street, London
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