Contemporary Abstract and My L.I.P.Y.

Updated on July 27
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“I see abstraction as a potential language to speak to today’s world about the hope of things to come.”
~ Makoto Fujimura      

Limner Gallery in NY presents:
July 1 through 31, 2020  

細長LIPY6_MisakoObaIn this show, the selected Contemporary Artists present their newest and most inspiring creative works of painting, mixed media, sculptures, and photography. I am pleased to be a part of the contemporary abstract show.  It’s through the end of this month! 

Limner Gallery, NY: Neo Abstract Exhibition

Note: 2020 exhibits will be in online and in print magazine format pending resolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The exhibit was originally scheduled at the gallery during April 2020.

Limner Gallery Post Card, Original date to Revised

Gallery hours and direction:
Due to COVID-19, the gallery is currently open only by appointment.
Please call if planning a visit:
123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. USA
* The artwork will be shipped internationally.


My work is from L.I.P.Y. – Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (= What is essential is invisible to the eye) Series.Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #6 by Misako Oba■ L.I.P.Y. #6” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Signed and titled on the verso.
Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks), Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).

If you are interested in my artworks, or if you have questions, please contact the gallery director Tim  in New York: +1-518-567-7858 (phone).
TheLimner at (email).
Or do not hesitate to contact me.
For additional information on any of the artists in the exhibit, prices etc., contact the gallery as well.

The following artworks are NOT for sale yet, but they are from the same L.I.P.Y. series and would be a good reference for the side view since LIPY #6’s side view looks the same. The following pieces will be available soon from Context Art Gallery. Stay tune✨ I will post update on my website or Instagram.
With Side View W1. Encaustic Mixed Media L.I.P.Y. #5 by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #5” (Emerald), 2020, Misako OBA. Encaustic Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel. Ready to hang. 10 W x 10 H x 1 D inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm).
Although I personally intended to get them displayed the way you see them above, the #5 and #6 could be any orientation. I signed and titled on the verso (back).

I abstractly integrate the timeless messages and contemporary computer-programming languages (codes) that correlate with the stars, desert, universe, and our lives. The above work L.I.P.Y. #5 and #6 are also my emotional response and factual visual statement to global climate change with a conceptual and philosophical approach.

I experience the change in a real sense. It causes more typhoons🌀, thunderstorms⚡️, and higher temperatures🔥💦 than decade(s) ago. Although scientists and professionals continually research about nature, there is still something beyond human understanding. 

* Please read [About “L.I.P.Y.” Series] below for my message behind this series, and view more images. 

How Do You See Abstract Art? 

Have you ever wondered, “How should we see the art, paintings, or abstract works?” 

It’s okay if you don’t “understand” the work. You can just feel it with your heart instead of your head. But, the following questions are useful regarding contemporary abstract painting or sculpture. I forgot who said it, but an art professional such as a curator or gallery director once said this kind of thing. 

  • What themes and forms does it retrieve from the tradition of modern art?
  • How have they been changed?
  • How has the artist used them to express the social, political, and spiritual experience of our own time?

Keep these questions in mind when viewing abstract artworks. In the meantime, just enjoy them! This show has neoteric abstract artworks.
Definitions of neoteric: modern; new; recent.
Synonyms for neoteric: contemporary, current, modernized, state-of-the-art, stylish, etc.

As a contemporary artist, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional methods or mediums to seek further possibilities. For example, encaustic is historically traditional paint, but I use it with text of modern languages including codes from our time, hi-end archival digital print transfer, and so forth.

Although my recent works are mostly abstract or semi-abstract, there is a solid concept or message behind each series, which you can discover by visiting here Behind the Scene blog.

I hope contemporary abstract art gives you energy, imagination, and provides inspiration in your life, and perhaps healing to those who need it. It may also allow you to see things from new perspectives! 

About “L.I.P.Y. Series

My body of work explores human life as a journey and examines our soul and emotions. These works are from the ongoing Stars and Desert project. The title “L.I.P.Y.” is my acronym of “L’essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (=What is essential is invisible to the eye) in French. I was inspired by this phrase in the book The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) and the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

My signature color is blue and blue shades.  Although you may still see the trace of blue, I started using green occasionally as the dominant color since 2019. I make my own encaustic paints for those green shades. Emerald green comes from the Seattle nickname ‘Emerald City‘ where I have lived and still create my work (in addition to Japan). The name is due to the lush, green forests of Washington State, which have been beautiful and essential for our lives. 

If you look closely at art and life, the marks and details may emerge. However, sometimes, what is essential is invisible to the eye (= “Lessentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (L.I.P.Y.)〜大切なものは目に見えない〜 . Focus on the subject(s) with your heart.

(#1, #2, #3, #4 )
Encaustic Mixed Media on cradled wood panels (encaustic, oil, watercolor, pigment ink, silk, Japanese paper, pure silver/gold flecks).
*The layout of four panels is changeable; Each piece can be displayed all together as quadriptych or individually vertically or horizontally.

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#3 and #4 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #3 and #4. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Encaustic Mixed Media, L.I.P.Y. (#1 and #2 as Diptych) by Misako Oba

L.I.P.Y. #1 and #2. 24 W x 12 H x 1 D inch (61 x 30.5 x 2.5cm)

Or as you see them here, they can be two pieces together as a diptych, and so forth. The display options are versatile!

I layer memories, thoughts, dreams, paths, maps, realities, illusions, and disillusions. I also layer timeless messages in the text as I mentioned. I am interested and would feel awe from vast nature to tiny details, from science and math to supernatural power simultaneously.

Life on earth is limited and is like a mist. We feel nostalgia or ‘saudade‘ when triggered by sceneries, landscapes, artworks, words, or surrounding environments. We cherish memories and sometimes may long for someone or something we do not or cannot have. Visual works, imagery, or words—even without knowing the details—often affect how we think and live. Provoking or generating these emotions is one of my roles as an artist. 🙂 


As for the purchase, please contact us for the prices or to see if the work is available and which gallery is in charge, one in New York and another in Italy. It depends on which artwork you are interested. Shipping internationally.

 For your reference: The Artist Page where you can see how I created the series and about stars in the sky.
The interview article:  I talk about my theme and hidden text in the works and shared some tips for your creative life!

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