"Hawaiian Sense of Place:" Special Artist Talk by Hiroki Morinoue

Date: April 4, 2014 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Sheehan Gallery

"Hawaiian Sense of Place"Hiroki Morinoue, born in 1947 in Holualoa, Hawai'i, is the Artistic Director of Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, Hawai'i. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received his BFA degree. Following this, Morinoue spent considerable time in Japan learning sumi (water and ink) painting techniques from master painter, Koh Itoh and traditional mokuhanga techniques from master carver and print maker Takashi Okubo. The skills and the aesthetic sensibility that he developed in Japan are evident in the direct, elegant and fluid woodcuts that Morinoue creates. A patient observer of nature, its rhythms, cycles and patterns, Morinoue's studies of the natural have become poetic images in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and prints. In all of Morinoue's work, one cannot help but feel a strong sense of place. His personal language tells of his connection with the landscape of Hawai'i - the ocean shoreline, the lava flows, Japanese gardens, rock formations and the sky. Morinoue has shown widely in both the United States and Japan. He has completed several major public art commissions, including projects at the Honolulu Public Library, and the Hawaii Convention Center. Morinoue's work is represented in the collections of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Honolulu Academy of Arts, The National Parks Collection, Maryland; Ueno No Mori Museum, Tokyo, and others.

His talk, which will be followed by a short reception, will take place in front of Morinoue's works in the current Sheehan Gallery exhibition. His workshops will be held in Olin East 110, the Asian Studies Display Space and Tea Room.

Although there are no spaces open for the workshops, visitors are welcome to watch Morinoue as he introduces and demonstrates traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. The workshops will be held on Apr. 4 (1 to 4 p.m.), Apr. 5 (10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m.) and Apr. 6 (10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m.) 

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