AJ Oishi

Rooted in a fascination with color, geometry, and the artistic process, Oishi’s work is created using paint on the eraser side of a #2 pencil in a deliberate, pointillist approach. Adding thousands of dots together and using specific color combinations present a meditative experience presented to the viewer.

“Most people are surprised by the patience that is required, but I don’t feel overwhelmed by my process. This is the work I enjoy doing to bring moments of calm and serenity to my paintings.”

The choice of a tool that is traditionally used to remove something (an eraser) is particularly poignant as the circular patterns created awaken a sense of awareness and moments of pause. There is an intoxicating effect in the presence of these forms, drawing the viewer in for periods of respite.

“I am fascinated by color and the many combinations that can be used. No matter how long I paint, color will always provide endless possibilities.”

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Artist Information

Artist Website: ajoishi.com/

A.J. Oishi is a self-taught painter specializing in abstract pointillism. Originally from Seattle, Oishi spent her professional career working in roles that required organization and precise analysis. These skills transferred into her painting career, in which measured and controlled techniques are applied to create balanced and meticulous paintings.

Rooted in a fascination with color, geometry, and the artistic process, Oishi’s work is created using paint on the eraser side of a #2 pencil in a deliberate, pointillist approach. Adding thousands of dots together and using specific color combinations present a meditative experience presented to the viewer.

“Most people are surprised by the patience that is required, but I don’t feel overwhelmed by my process. This is the work I enjoy doing to bring moments of calm and serenity to my paintings.”

The choice of a tool that is traditionally used to remove something (an eraser) is particularly poignant as the circular patterns created awaken a sense of awareness and moments of pause. There is an intoxicating effect in the presence of these forms, drawing the viewer in for periods of respite.

“I am fascinated by color and the many combinations that can be used. No matter how long I paint, color will always provide endless possibilities.”

Oishi has enjoyed participating in shows in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Vancouver, Park City, Dallas, and Boston, and is represented by fine art galleries throughout North America. Her work can be found in several private and corporate art collections. She joined the Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada in January 2019.

AJ Oishi

Residence: Ohio

Born: 1971, Seattle, WA

Selected Exhibitions

 

2023    Avant-Art Gallery, Group Show, Houston, TX

2023    Christopher Martin Gallery, Group Show, Dallas, TX

2023    The Columbus Art Museum, Art for Life, Columbus, OH

2023    KW Contemporary, “Summertide” Group Show, Kennebunk, ME

2023    Kostuik Gallery, Annual Silent Art Auction, Vancouver, BC Canada

2022    Christopher Martin Gallery, “Emiko Collection” Group Show, Dallas, TX

2022    Kostuik Gallery, Annual Silent Art Auction, Vancouver, BC Canada

2022    KW Contemporary, “The Table” Group Show, Kennebunk, ME

2022    Kostuik Gallery, 25th Anniversary Group Show, Vancouver, BC Canada

2021    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Art Miami, Miami FL

2021    The Columbus Art Museum, Art for Life, Columbus, OH

2021    KW Contemporary, “Looking Inward” Solo Show, Kennebunk, ME

2020    Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Annual Silent Art Auction, Vancouver, BC Canada

2020    Lyons Wier Gallery, “Chrysalistasis” Group Show, New York, NY

2020    The Columbus Art Museum, An Evening with Art, Columbus, OH

2020    Julie Nester Gallery, Showing with Matt Devine, Park City, UT

2019    Kostuik Gallery, Annual Silent Art Auction, Vancouver, BC Canada

2019    Root Division, 18th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco, CA

2019    Gallery BOM, Art Market Hamptons, Hamptons, NY

2019    Kostuik Gallery, Group Show, Vancouver, BC Canada

2018    Gallery BOM, “Consistency”, Solo Exhibition, Boston, MA

2018    The Columbus Art Museum, Art for Life, Columbus, OH

2018    Gallery BOM, Art Market Hamptons, Hamptons, NY

2018    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2018    San Francisco Decorator Showcase, “Eyes on Hue” Exterior Mural, San Francisco, CA

2018    LymeLight Foundation, Dart for Art Auction, San Francisco, CA

2018    The Columbus Art Museum, An Evening with Art, Columbus, OH

2017    Gallery BOM, Expansion Group Exhibition, Boston, MA

2017    Julie Nester Gallery, Tranquility Group Exhibition, Park City, UT

2016    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2015    Karen Imperial Fine Art, Art Market Art on Paper, New York, NY

2014    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Art Silicon Valley, San Mateo, CA

2014    Headlands Center for the Arts, Benefit Art Auction, Sausalito, CA

2014    Bryant Street Gallery, “Essence Within” Solo Show, Palo Alto, CA

2013    Greater Columbus Arts Council, Community Arts Project, Columbus, OH

2013    Bryant Street Gallery, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL

2012    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, San Francisco, CA

2011    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, San Francisco, CA

2010    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL

2010    Greater Columbus Arts Council, Community Arts Juried Exhibition, Columbus, OH

2010    Greater Columbus Arts Council, Community Arts Festival, Columbus, OH

2010    Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Affordable Art Fair New York, New York, NY

2010    ArtSpan, Benefit Art Show and Auction, San Francisco, CA

2009    Workspace Limited, San Francisco Open Studios, San Francisco, CA

2008    Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH

2008    ArtSpan, Benefit Art Show and Auction, San Francisco, CA

2007    The Blue Studio, Open Studio, San Francisco, CA

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