Lupine the Third, Berserk Anime Artist Shichiro Kobayashi gets solo exhibition in NYC
of Danica Davidson
2 November 2022
Artist Shichiro Kobayashi, who died earlier this year aged 89, always wanted to have a separate art exhibition in New York. He will receive the posthumous honor with the upcoming SHICHIRO KOBAYASHI: DRAMA OF LIGHT AND SHADOW exhibition, located at The Nippon Gallery (145 W 57th St, 7th Fl, New York, New York). It will consist of his anime background drawings and paintings.
Kobayashi began creating background art for Space Patrol Hopper in 1964. After that, he worked on a ton of anime TV series and movies, including but not limited to Lupine the Third: Castle of Cagliostro, Tomorrow’s Joe 2, Golgo 13, Urusei Yatsura 2 and 3, Lupine the Third: The Fuma Conspiracy, The Venus Wars, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Berserk, Pikachu Excavation and Pikachu hide and seek.
He closed Kobayashi Productions back in 2011, but continued to create art, this time concentrating on his own paintings.
Ghost in the shell Director Mamoru Oshii praised Kobayashi’s work, saying, “It was a culture shock to learn how Kobayashi created his background drawings. I knew nothing about the setup before then. He makes the drawing based on the theory.”
And director Tomomi Mochizuki has said, “Only with Kobayashi’s background does the world of animation exist, filling up with ‘air’ on the screen….The way he creates light and shadow is completely original, and it is his signature style. His techniques are excellent, and once we make a video of his drawings, it will create space, even when he didn’t paint completely on paper.”
The exhibition was organized by Atelier Koba, Yasuko Kobayashi, J’SHA, with credit to Akemi Ozawa (ACTIVISION). The pieces were curated by Kyoko Satō, Sayaka Kawazoe and Akemi Ozawa. SHICHIRO KOBAYASHI: DRAMA OF LIGHT AND SHADOW is made in collaboration with Anime NYC, General Incorporated Association Manga Art and General Incorporated Association Dreamers. Eluasti Maroin made the exhibition possible, with additional support from Koshin Rentals.
The exhibition opens on 16 November and will run until 22 November. It will not be open on Sunday 20 November.
Source: Press release via ANN
Danica Davidson is the best-selling author Manga art for beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus the sequel, Manga art for everyoneand the first of its kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.