Yuichi Hirako

Born 1982 / Japan
25 April 2014

Yuichi Hirako

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YUICHI HIRAKO
BORN 1982 / JAPAN / LIVES AND WORKS IN TOKYO

EDUCATION:

2006:
B.F.A., Wimbledon College of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art : Painting

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014:
The Bark of Mind, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012:
INAX Gallery, Tokyo
GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo
Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage, Tokyo
The Wooden Clapper, The Drawing Room, Manila, The Philippines
Selected Forest, Satellite, Okayama, Japan
Advanced Plants, WALL/H.P.FRANCE, Tokyo, Japan
The Green Pieces, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan
Memories of My Garden : Hidden Forest, INAX Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Memories of My Garden : Mistletoe, Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage, Tokyo, Japan
Sleeping in the Pine Forest, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011:
“Yuichi Hirako : Memories of My Garden”. GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo
“Tokyo Wonder Wall 2011 at Tocho,” Skywalk Exhibition Space at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo
“Memories of My Garden : Song”. Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
“Yuichi Hirako Art Works”. SATELLITE, Okayama

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2014:
XMAS’14, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014:
SUMMERTIME 14, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013:
XMAS’13, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013:
SUMMERTIME 13, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012:
“Sleeping In The Pine Forest”, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, DK
XMAS’12, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
SUMMERTIME 12, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Back to the Nature, Fuma Contemporary Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2011:
Mr,I Prize, Okayama Tenjinyama Plaza, Okayama, Japan
XAS’11, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
D Art Biennale Art Award 2011, Y++ Gallery Triwizart, Beijing, China
D Art Biennale, Daitec, Aichi, Japan
Arts Challenge 2011, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi, Japan
Regenerate- Part.1, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan

2010:
“The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Gunma
“Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Art Fair Kyoto” Hotel Monterey Kyoto, Kyoto

2009:
“Amuse Art Jam 09” The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
“Shell Art Award 2009” Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo
“TOKYO WONDER SEEDS 2009” WONDER SITE Sibuya, Tokyo

2008:
“GEISAI 11” Tokyo Big Site, Tokyo

2007:
“Amuse Art Jam 06” The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto

2006:
“Stepsiblings” Temporary Contemporary, London, UK
“Cocktail” Nolia’s Gallery, London, UK
“Free Range” G3 Gallery, London, UK

2005:
“05Degree show,” Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

Others:
2012-2013: Permanent Exhibition, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan

Art Fairs:
2012: Art Taipei
2012: Art Copenhagen
2012: Art Gyeongju
2012: ArtMrkt San Francisco
2012: Young Art Taipei
2012: Art Herning
2010: ULTRA 03
2010: Art Fair Kyoto

Awards:
2011: D Art Biennale, Outstanding Performance Award
2011: Arts Challenge 2011, Finalist Nominated
2010: The 10th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2010, Finalist Nominated
2010: Tokyo Wonder Wall 2010, Tokyo Wonder Wall

ARTIST COMMENT:

“I noticed that weeds have sprouted in the potted plants left alone in the garden, ivy has gained a foothold in the wall, and the lone tree has grown up to lean against the building. For me, this is a happy state of affairs.” Yuichi HIRAKO, 2010

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Yuichi Hirako is interested in the human relationship with nature and the forest as a special place. Although many of us surround ourselves with plants every day, eg. house plants and in parks, there is an apparent division between us and the other living beings – that is the plants. Some Japanese see the forest as a sacred place. On the contrary in Western folklore, the forest is often portrayed as being uncivilized and barbaric.

Hirako strives in his work to break the boundaries between humans and nature. His paintings and sculptures depict people with plant-like heads placed in forests. In his largest painting “Memories of My Garden/Lake Side” plants, people, houses and a car are weaved helplessly together. In other expressive paintings we encounter a green forest-creature, which gives fuel to our experience of fantasy and adventure. Whether the forest is a good or unpleasant place is entirely up to the viewer. In other words; in the work of Hirako nature and culture collide, and we are left in a primitive state.

Yuichi Hirako (b. 1982 in Okayama, Japan) graduated in 2005 from Wimbledon College of Art in London. He lives and works in Tokyo, and he has participated in several group- and solo shows. To name a few the artist has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Aichi Arts Center, The Museum of Kyoto, etc. In 2012 the artist will present solo shows at INAX Gallery, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku and Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage in Tokyo.

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