AJ Oishi

A.J. is an emerging self-taught artist originally from Seattle. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology, and spent her professional career working in roles that required organization and detailed analysis. In her painting career, A.J. has taken measured and controlled techniques to create balanced and detail oriented paintings. 

A.J.'s art is created using the eraser side of a #2 pencil. Paint consistency, pressure on the board or canvas, and a steady hand result in her "dot". Adding thousands of dots together using the right color combinations results in her calm and peaceful paintings. The circular designs that are common throughout her work symbolize individuals and their journey towards a more healthful, conscious life. A full bullseye represents a completeness within an individual. A.J. has consistently sought out knowledge, education, and points of view that would better her own self-growth. Her bullseyes symbolize the imperfect completeness that she believes most people are searching for.

In her most recent work, A.J. began breaking up her bullseyes. This new non-standard shape that remains is significant in that she has come to realize that all individuals have certain components of themelves that can be let go or removed. In doing so, a more conscious way of living can emerge. 

All of her paintings are driven largely by color. She is inspired by everything that surrounds her, and attempts to recreate combinations of color in her paintings. Each color inspiration exudes a certain emotion for her. As the piece progresses, A.J.'s challenge is to maintain that emotional "vision" while adding more color, and ultimately translating that emotion to the viewer, simultaneously telling the story of the individuals that are symbolized.

A.J. has enjoyed participating in shows around the nation in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Columbus, and has been represented by galleries in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Columbus
 

Upcoming Events

2017
May 26 – June 27 “Tranquility” Shared Exhibition at Julie Nester Gallery • Park City, UT

Past Events

2016
Art Market San Francisco with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts • San Francisco, CA
SBFA Art Trunk Show • San Francisco, CA

2015
SBFA Arts Trunk Show • Mill Valley, CA
Art Market Art On Paper with Karen Imperial • New York, NY

2014
Jingle and Mingle Fundraiser • San Francisco, CA
SBFA Arts Trunk Show • Mill Valley, CA
Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts • San Mateo, CA
Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction • Sausalito, CA
“Essence Within” Solo Show with Bryant Street Gallery • Palo Alto, CA

2013
SBFA Arts Trunk Show • Mill Valley, CA
Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Project • Columbus, OH
Aqua Art Miami with Bryant Street Gallery- Aqua Hotel • Miami, FL

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

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

2010
Aqua Art Miami - Aqua Hotel with Simon Breitbard Fine Arts • Miami, FL
GCAC Community Arts Partnership Juried Exhibition • Columbus, OH
Columbus Arts Festival • Columbus, OH
Affordable Art Fair New York with Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts • New York, NY
ArtSpan Benefit Art Show and Auction • San Francisco, CA

2009
SF Open Studios at Workspace Limited • San Francisco, CA

2008
Columbus Arts Festival • Columbus, OH
ArtSpan Benefit Art Show and Auction • San Francisco, CA

2007
SF Open Studios at The Blue Studio • San Francisco, CA