Andrea Green (Andrea Kobayashi) - Gunma, Japan
M.A. (dist), Charles Sturt University
Art Students' League. New York City.
Ass. Dip. Art and Design. Victoria University
B.A. (Hons), University of Melbourne
I am primarily a landscape painter and trained in Melbourne, Australia and New York City. I now reside in the Tokyo area of Japan. I paint in both oil and Japanese watercolour and make monotypes using Japanese paper (washi). I paint in the studio and sketch on location. I also work from memory to make bird's eye view abstractions of places I have been. I was born in Tasmania and grew up in Melbourne. I had the good luck of being able to travel widely as a young adult including overland from Hong Kong to London through China and the USSR, as well as around Greece, Benelux and the UK. I studied life drawing in New York in 1999, and returned to Australia where I made two sketching tours of the volcanic plains of western Victoria in 2001 and 2003. These have been the source of a great deal of work. In Japan I made regular short sketching trips in the satoyama areas of northern Saitama before settling in urban Gunma in 2009.
Most of my landscapes are made in oil on linen or by monotypes. Between longer series of landscape works, I often make smaller non-representative works on paper. These are small drawings employing shapes, symbols and colour study to make non-objective images. They often start with the surface, usually washi on board, and then line and gesture are added in a spontaneous way. I sometimes use wax resist in these works. Before going to art school I studied Russian linguistics and trained as a language teacher. I have always been interested in semiotics, alphabets, symbols, graffiti, scrawl and notation.
The monotype landscape prints are a method of working that I have used for over 20 years. I start with the choice of paper. I use oil based printmaking ink that is rolled onto glass, though sometimes I will use a textured surface. The paper is placed down on the ink and the image, usually landscape from memory and from a bird's eye view is drawn on the reverse using a variety of tools. The print is left to dry and colour is applied last.