Some illustrations: Satoshi Koyama’s Working Procedures of Creating Artwork in the Life City Series.

Art and More Gallery
Sep 1, 2017 10:47PM

Satoshi Koyama in work with one of the large oil paintings in the Life City Series.

Art and More Gallery started its three summer shows with the most experienced artist Mr. Satoshi Koyama, born during post war Japan in a small town and brought up close to the nature, has dedicated his artist career to the Life City Series.

This artwork series is created in both oil paintings often very large, and later also smaller wooden sculptures celebrating the Human Being and the Mega Cities in Symbiosis. Satoshi Koyama's idiom is intensive bicolored geometric pop art with the sky scrapes and house bodies floating like waves over the landscape and the hills with a 3D sense combined with organic shapes.

The name of the show is “Life City Jewellery” - Geometric Pop Art - Wall Sculptures by Satoshi Koyama, and it is between the 30th of July and the end of September. In parallel during week 34 Art and More Gallery published the oil paintings that were part of the exhibition "Human Footprints" in Booth #110 at Artexpo New York 2017.

Illustration of the oil painting process

Mr. Satoshi Koyama - A Master’s creative action in his studio in Japan working with one of the very large oil paintings; a genuine artwork all the way and in every aspects…

Satoshi Koyama working in his studio in Japan.

Mr. Koyama starts to paint the background layer on the canvas and draws the buildings with a white permanent marker after geometrical outlines. Then he begins to paint the house bodies layer for layer in oil paint -systematically wall for wall, roof for roof. Hi masterly puts several finishing layers all over the painting to visualise light and shade, depth and motion of the motif that creates the 3D sense.

An oil painting as large as pictured on the image above takes several months to finish as both the carefully detailed painting work and the drying of the different layers of oil paint are time consuming, but the result of Mr. Koyama’s performance is outstanding.

Picturing the creation of Jewellery Sculptures

Mr. Koyama’s artwork process of the sculpture as well as the oil paintings is a continuously process making drawings of his ideas and thoughts.

Drafts of ideas on the notice board in Mr. Koyama's studio.

Biology and the organic parts of the human body are the inspiration behind the shapes of the jewellery sculptures. Mr. Koyama studies the nature and the human body trough reality as well as scientific literature, images and movies.

Mr. Koyama also analyses his detailed motif drawing when creating paintings and sculptures from an architectural view to get the geometrical and 3-dimensional visualization as good as possible and he often is building scale models for the perspectives.

One of the large scale models that Mr. Koyama uses to get the perspectives and shades right.

The creation of a jewellery sculpture starts with one of this ideas and the selection of the best possible Paulownia wood - right part of it with the right dimensions for the specific motif…

Mr. Koyama reasons: Could this be the right piece for the next object?

When he has decided of which piece of wood that will be the best one for the purpose he starts the cutting out of the shapes that fits the idea and various angles…

After cutting the wood to the rough shape, a cumbersome process that require a lot of patience and passion begins… to refine the shape of the sculpture, many hours of sanding by hand until satisfaction occur…

Mr. Koyama is carefully preparing the wood before starting the painting and he has a small scale model to support the work ahead.

Thereafter the sculptured wood piece is painted white to get a surface that is suitable to make a handmade drawing on with the sought perspective and shapes of buildings, all being built up “stone by stone”, so to speak…

Here we can see in the front one Mr. Koyama's Jewellery as ongoing work painted white and with some of the drawings ready and in the back a pair of green kidney shaped sculptures almost ready.

After completion of the drawing on the white surface… all black/dark parts (eg. shaded areas, one by one etc.) are carefully being painted…

Mr. Koyama has started to paint with the light green shade on the lower part of this drip shaped sculpture.

After drying the next colour(-s) are added etc… each painting step is repeated between 3-4 times until Mr. Koyama is satisfied…

Here Mr. Koyama has oil painted all shades 3-4 times.

…which is about perfection and a satisfied outcome in all aspects…

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