Transcribing the Human Form
New Works by Yuji Hiratsuka

Exhibition Dates: June 30th – August 11th

Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan in 1954. In the early 1980s, he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degrees in printmaking at New Mexico State University (M.A.) and at Indiana University (M.F.A.).  By 1987, Hiratsuka had already began a career in teaching printmaking and drawing at several universities.  He currently resides in Corvallis as professor of printmaking and drawing at Oregon State University.

“The enigmatic figures I draw are reflections of such human conditions as wryness, satire, whimsy, irony, or the mismatches that happen often in people’s daily lives. My figures also employ a state of motion or movement suggesting an actor/actress who narrates a story in a play. They are cheerful, joyous and restless. They are all happy people.”

“My recent works on paper are created from collages of my original intaglio prints. In some of them, I painted the background a metallic sheen in the background. They are my interpretation of the brilliant Japanese screen painting which flourished from the late 16th to the 17th century.”

Hiratsuka has shown internationally and has received numerous awards in competitions.  His work is collected by Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Worcester Museum of Art, New York Public Library, the British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, Freer/Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian, and  Guangdong Museum of Art, China among others.