June 4th – July 2nd
5:00 on Saturday, June 6th
||recent works by
Yasuji Tom Kamijo
As one of the premier figurative artists in the State, and arguably the country, Kirk Kurokawa’s much-anticipated annual exhibit is one of the highlights of the season. Winner of the Jurors’ Award at the Schaefer Portrait Challenge in 2006, Kurokawa has been capturing the nuances of the human spirit and the character of everyday people in oils to critical acclaim for many years. This collection is of particular interest as Color is the dominating force in his work. As Kurokawa relates: "Looking at the paintings I created for this show, I realize I have pushed my use of color to a new level. Lately, I have been engrossed by its presence. Color is a fundamental element in every painting, but I aim to push the limits and use it to evoke moods, enhance the environment, and to create thought. I urge viewers to not only see the subject, but to see color – and beyond."
In conjunction with Kurokawa’s exhibit, four master ceramicists are displaying their artwork: Al Schwartz, Ayumi Ditamore, Yasuji Tom Kamijo, and Kevin Omura. Their techniques are as varied as the individuals who created it, and the results are beautiful and extraordinary examples of the art form.