Barnstormers is the name of group that congregates artists from Tokio and New York who create paintings of great dimensions, films and performances together. Since their foundation, in 1999, they have come to earn world-wide acclaim, be it as a group or individually. Kenji Hirata has become one of their most famous members.
The group came together after an encounter in Cameron, North Carolina, USA., where they painted houses, tractors and miscellaneous agricultural equipment. Although, the artistic expressions they turn to are varied, this group experience gave them a taste for murals of great scale, which they continue to create.
Nowadays, even though they work far apart from each other, they continue to get together periodically in the small city of Cameron, their Meca.
Hirata has created murals of great scale in public spaces in New York, Miami and Tokio. Their design are a fusion of multiple influences, some much more visible than others. References to an imaginary oriental scientific fiction and a Op Art are the most evident, however the author also refers to the presence of symbolic elements (water, earth, metal, wood...) incorporated in a entangled complex of difficult perception.
Being as it may, their graphical work possess a strong feature, easily identified, whether they are generously colored and filled, or linear and refined. Besides the murals the production of Hirata is extended to other artistic disciplines like book ilustrations, animations and or performances.