Minami Kobayashi (b.1989, Japan, lives and works in London, UK)  makes figurative paintings using oil and often egg tempera that evoke a sense of intimacy and mystery through their depictions of ordinary people, animals, and places that seem vaguely surreal and slightly off- kilter. When using egg tempera, which dries very quickly, Kobayashi applies thin coats of paint in layers, creating jewel-like facets of color and images that seem to emerge from the painted surface only gradually, like distant memories and half-recalled dreams.