Kosuke Kawahara

b. 1980, Kyoto, Japan

Kosuke Kawahara is born in 1980 in Kyoto, Japan, and moved to New York in 2011. Kawahara currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He earned a BFA in Design from Okayama Prefectural University, and graduated with an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute. His intuitive/impromptu gesture generates site-relevant imagery through its multi-layered structure. Kawahara’s works speak to notions of growth, decay, modes of communication and perception, spiritualism, interdependent relationships, and human behavior in ever-shifting environmental conditions. The whole process of creating a work from the start to its end is a process of the artist constantly exploring and (re)constructing the alternative space around darkness.

He has previously exhibited at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA), Trestle Gallery, Paradise Palace, Susan Eley Fine Art, and Super Dutchess Gallery. He has been awarded the Café Royal Cultural Foundation Visual Grant in 2022, the City Artist Corps Grants in 2021, and First Prize in Works on Paper by The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences in 2021. He completed an artist residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Governors Island Residency Initiative, and is currently a member artist at the EFA Studio Program.

Soundless Chamber, 2023-2024
Oil color, acrylic, encaustic, spray paint, ink, chalk, gesso on sutured found fabrics
74 x 49.75 x 1.25 inches
New Poison, 2023-2024
Oil color, acrylic, encaustic, spray paint, ink, gesso on synthetic fabric
31.25 x 26.25 x 1.25 inches
Forever Waiting, 2018 - 2023
Oil color, encaustic, spray paint, ink, pencil, gesso on wood panel
77.75 x 62.5 x 0.75 inches
Burial in the Subspace, 2013-2017
Oil color, acrylic, gesso, paper on wood panel
48 x 35 inches
Take You Away, 2018-2022
Oil color, ink, pencil, chalk, animal glue, coffee, scrap fabric on wood panel
77 ¾ x 70 ⅛ inches
Growing in the Dark II, 2013-2020
Oil color, acrylic, ink, beeswax, thread, animal glue on cotton canvas
12 x 10 ¾ inches