Kenichi Hoshine‘s paintings lie somewhere between delicate evocations of enigmatic figures and furious gestural expressions. Sometimes it is both, as if he begins in one frame of mind and ends in another, a process of growing emotion that cuts loose as he builds his compositions with elements of realism obscured by visceral brushstrokes that shift between expressionism and anarchy.
Hoshine works in many mediums including graphite, charcoal, paint, wax and tea which he layers onto his canvases to create these wonderful textures, aspects that give a tactile quality to his work, a zenlike aspect, a quietness that hints at themes of contemplation and solitude. Here’s an extract from a press release that describes his work very well:
Kenichi Hoshine’s pluralistic sensibility combines disparate influences. Elements of heightened realism appear sparsely, in sections, obscured through cloudy forms that echo the organic shapes and spontaneity of abstract expressionism. Working in layers of graphite, charcoal, paint, wax, and tea, Hoshine creates glimpses of fragmented figures in varying levels of focus. The resulting effect appears as partially concealed faces, hands, and other fractioned sections of the body, seemingly emerge from beyond—or withdraw into—a fog-like atmosphere….The artist applies a painterly approach in creating his work, yet his compositions express a minimalist simplicity, blurring conventional lines of categorical description.