Kentaro Hiramatsu paints in acrylic on canvas or wood panel, applying paint with a careful deliberation. He was born in Japan and sifts Japanese pop culture influences—anime and manga—through his own aesthetic prism. The results are invented landscapes that challenge the viewer to peer into a new place. Hiramatsu's recent work features people at play against a tangled drawing of lines, signifying the web of a complex urban life. The artist lived in New York City for many years, but has since returned to Tokyo.
Kentaro Hiramatsu, Park 7 (2009), Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24 inches