For his first solo exhibition in London, Japanese artist Daisuke Ohba showcased his unique ‘light field’ paintings, achieved through the use of iridescent pearl paint to produce continual transformations, image shifts, and colour transitions, as the light varies or as the viewer moves.

By developing this relationship with the viewer, Ohba has been discovering new possibilities in pictorial space. Facing one of these works, the viewer is in the presence of a dazzling world of light, which seems to be produced somewhere beyond the canvas. This pictorial space can be thought of as a “light field”, which gives the exhibition its name.

Accompanied by a talk and discussion event Ohba was joined by Keith Whittle, Japan Foundation Research Fellow who talked about the artist and Japanese contemporary art, drawing on his rich experiences with the art circle in Japan and in Eastern Asia.

Ohba was born in Shizuoka in 1981 and received his MFA at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was awarded the Shell Art Prize in 2004. His recent exhibition in Tokyo, The Light Field, was held as a joint exhibition by two galleries, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and Magical ARTROOM. Ohba has been extensively showing in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Vivid Material at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, THE ECHO at ZAIM in Yokohama in 2008, VOCA 2010 at The Ueno Royal Museum, and Toki- no-Yuenchi at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Aichi. His works are found in collections of The Pigozzi (New York), Japan Airlines and Dries Van Noten (Tokyo).

Organised by the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, London in 2011

Image: Daisuke Ohba, FOREST#1, 2009. Installation view at SCAI the BATHHOUSE
Photo by Keizo Kioku. Courtesty and copyright SCAI the BATHHOUSE