‘Hawaiian Sense of Place’ talk Friday

Miso Soup Bowl, a woodblock print created by Hiroki Morinoue

Miso Soup Bowl, a woodblock print created by Hiroki Morinoue Courtesy photo

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WALLA WALLA — Hiroki Morinoue will give an artist talk on “Hawaiian Sense of Place” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the Abstract American Mokuhanga exhibit at Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery.

A short reception will follow in front of his works in the current Sheehan Gallery exhibition.

His workshops will be in Olin Hall East 110, the Asian Studies Display Space and Tea Room from 1-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Morinoue, born in 1947 in Holualoa, Hawaii, is artistic director of Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, Hawaii. 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 printer 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, there is a strong sense of place. His personal language tells of his connection with the landscape of Hawaii — 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.

For more information, call Professor Akira "Ron" Takemoto at takemoto@whitman.edu.

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