Blunderbuss - Hiroya Kurata - Over the Influence

May 20, 2023 / July 2, 2023


Hiroya Kurata

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Featured Art

Over the Influence is pleased to present Brooklyn-based artist Hiroya Kurata’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, Blunderbuss.

“I’m painting my life. Nothing more,” says Kurata. And certainly nothing less. The sixteen works in Blunderbuss record what it’s like to be alive in the year 2023 in America’s largest, most culturally robust city, New York. This is what food looks like. (Highly processed white cake with frosting and strawberries.) This is what children looked like. (Chaotic, cheerful blurs of energetic life force in cotton shorts.) And light. (Dappled.) And parks. (Serene.) And mothers. (Overworked but ever-present.) The exhibition serves as evidence, testament, and proof of the way we lived and the ways we made sense of the rapidly evolving world around us.


Hiroya Kurata

Hiroya Kurata was born in Japan in 1980, and lives and works in New York, USA. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and currently living in New York City. His paintings combine representations of found imagery with those of personal remembrances, creating scenes that feel at once familiar and strangely disconcerting. Referencing the visual language of manga and landscape paintings, Kurata explores the conception and emotion of nostalgia.