Details:

This painting depicts a hyena, a recurring subject in the artist's work. The artist's figurative paintings depict ordinary people, animals and settings in ways that give them a vaguely surreal and slightly off-kilter feeling.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

My young hyena under the chair

This painting depicts a hyena, a recurring subject in the artist's work. The artist explains that "the hyena is a social animal, and it used to be considered androgynous. Ancient Roman people thought that the hyena could give birth without mating. I find this intriguing, so I often paint hyenas." The artist's figurative paintings depict ordinary people, animals and settings in ways that give them a vaguely surreal and slightly off-kilter feeling.

Charged with a sense of magical realism, Kobayashi’s figurative paintings combine a sense of intimacy with mystery. The artist's work explores the myriad ways in which we comprehend and feel tenderness toward the minutia of daily life. Her works also examine how liminal objects and phenomena—such as mirrors, windows or shadows—expose a complex duality of person and image through acts of reflection, fragmentation and distortion. In all of her paintings, Kobayashi sensitively explores (or imagines) the interior consciousness of her human and animal subjects.

Specs:

31.5 inches
39.4 inches

③ Artist:

Minami Kobayashi

In the spirit of magical realism, Minami Kobayashi’s figurative paintings depict ordinary people, animals and settings that seem ever so slightly off-kilter. The artist applies thin coats of fast-drying egg tempera paint to create jewel-like facets of color that seemingly emerge from the composition’s surface—evoking distant memories and half-remembered dreams. Combining intimacy with mystery, Kobayashi’s work explores her subjects’ interior life and their tender feelings toward the minutiae of daily life.

Minami Kobayashi:
My young hyena under the chair, 2021
Oil on canvas
39.4 × 31.5 inches /