Ozabu’s self-taught drawings are staggeringly detailed, stylized and yet lifelike, rendered with incredibly subtle line work. Created with minimal media in pencil and graphite on paper, her ghostly hauntings of paper flesh range from the comely to the macabre.
Aesthetically inspired by the visual cultures and mythologies of Japan, Ozabu’s emotive figurative drawings often incorporate animal symbolism and references to the natural world. Preferring to allow the work to speak for itself, Ozabu often avoids comment on her imagery, hoping the viewer will shape personal readings themselves.
Sensual, dark, and at times ominous, the open-ended works reveal moments of a larger narrative and plot beyond the frame. Characters appear with symbolic aegis under the cover of wings, bird’s heads, insects, and lush flora, like woeful apparitions or powerful augurs. Ozabu’s world is a mysteriously beautiful shadow land.

Current and Previous Works by Ozabu

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  • “”4時63分”(4:63 a.m.)”

    (2016)
    $1,850
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    Graphite, acrylic and colored silver leaf on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    10.62" × 17.32"
    27 × 44 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”あなたがうそをつくひ”(Anata ga uso wo tsukuhi)”

    (2016)
    $2,800
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    Graphite on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    12.67" × 10.82"
    32 × 27 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”かげろう”(Kagerou)”

    (2016)
    $2,800
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    Graphite and colored silver leaf on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    14.17" × 9.64"
    36 × 24 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”ついばみ”(Tsuibami)”

    (2016)
    $2,400
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    Graphite and colored silver leaf on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    8.93" × 12.4"
    23 × 31 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”別れ花”(Wakare Bana)”

    (2016)
    $1,650
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    Graphite and gold leaf on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    7.4" × 14.76"
    19 × 37 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”春霞”(Harugasumi)”

    (2016)
    $6,500
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    Graphite on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    16.53" × 23.38"
    42 × 59 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “”目配せ”(Mekubase)”

    (2016)
    $4,000
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    Graphite and acrylic on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    11.02" × 16.14"
    28 × 41 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “Atokatazuke”

    (2015)
    $1,550
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    Graphite on paper
    Framed to 12"x12"
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England
  • “Damashiai”

    (2015)
    $1,600
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    Graphite and acrylic on paper
    12x12 inches framed
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • Scope Miami Beach 2015
  • “Damashiai”

    (2016)
    $90
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  • “Kitsune Series 1”

    (2016)
    $750
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    Graphite on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    8.26" × 10.03"
    21 × 25 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “Kitsune Series 2”

    (2016)
    $750
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    Graphite on paper
    Framed and matted (dimensions are of artwork only)
    8.26" × 10.03"
    21 × 25 cm

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    • 彷徨 (Wander) (Project Room)
  • “Osae”

    (2016)
    $2,200
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    Graphite and acrylic on paper
    9.5" × 13.5"
    24 × 34 cm

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    • POW! WOW! Hawai’i – Honolulu Museum Art School