Cold Summer Painting
Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurata paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve around a single character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes that he calls the Slugger. His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him baseball was important not so much as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.
I met with Hiro at his studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn, to talk about his paintings, the influence of Manga comics on his work, and his feelings about baseball.
Portrait of a Slugger
Error of a slugger, 53×60
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