Shota Nakamura's loose, evocative pencil renderings

Shota Nakamura is a Japanese artist living and working in Berlin. He’s a painter, but we’ve been really taken with his loose, organic pencil renderings from the past couple of years. Inspired by nature and landscapes, for us Shota’s expressive works rustle up a deep feeling of familiarity and warmth. Since graduating from Musashino Art University in 2011, Shota has been showing his works in Japan and Germany. His exhibitions and collaborations with also happen to be with the likes of the creative guys at Kinfolk and some of Tokyo’s coolest bookstores.

Shota draws with passion and heart. His style could be immediately dismissed as childlike, however we like to think that it’s the naivety of his work which makes it so endearing. His depictions appear simplistic in their rough pencil renderings, but it is this rawness which captures the more elusive, deep feeling which comes with being a human in nature. He as written that he has been inspired by walks and journeys through his local neighbourhoods and canals in Berlin. He talks about the feeling of coming to know the paths we take so frequently, and the pleasing ritual of taking these journeys over and over again. The repetition of his work highlights this, capturing changes in seasons, emotions and moods.

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