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Obi series

Obi (帯, おび) is a sash for traditional Japanese dress, keikogi and part of kimono outfits worn by men and women beginning in the 1600’s.

There is a a particular formal elegance to this very interesting garment/appendage. I feel a casual softness that balances formality with comfort. The overall design brings a sophistication to a kimono made even with a relatively plain fabric.

These paintings are my abstract interpretations of the obi in various styles, colors and forms. I saw this garment lending to a simple composition with conceptual abstract design.


Fine Art by Ray Zovar 608-838-6617 Studio, 608-345-2991 Cell