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by Susie Contreras, Arts and Entertainment editor

Like the larger exhibit, the smaller one includes art in many media: acrylic and oil paintings, sculptures, fiber, ceramics, and photographs. The artists here come from varied places: Japan, China, California, and Hawai‘i. Some of the art is abstract and some is realistic but it all echoes the artists’ Asian heritage.

Hiroki Morinoue’s, Ocean Rain is an acrylic on wood that looks like an underwater snapshot in blue and green. According to the museum, it is a reflection of his time spent in Japan and his time now in Hawai‘i.

Masami Teraoka offers a satiric watercolor titled Ronin Samurai, from his Hanauma Bay Series. It features a young blonde woman snorkling in Hanauma Bay with a ronin, or masterless warrior, fishing next to her. In the background Teraoka has written dialogue in Japanese that, according to the museum, is a comment on unemployment rates in Hawai‘i and Japan.

Tseng Yuho’s painting, Dragonland uses the dsui technique which she created. According to the museum she paints over handmade paper and gold leaf. The painting, which is red with gold leaf showing through towards the middle, reflects her Chinese heritage and is one of the more eye-catching pieces in the exhibit.

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is located in downtown Honolulu and offers free admission. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information visit www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
All photos by Susie Contreras

Bumpei Akaji’s copper and brass sculpture, Cyparissus, was inspired by the Greek myth of a young man named Cyparissus who angered the sun god Apollo and was turned into a cypress tree.

Using only simple shapes and colors, Isami Doi is able to reflect his Buddhist spirituality through paintings such as his oil on canvas, Meditation.

Wayne Miyata’s ceramic figures are taken from Mokuan Reien’s painting The Four Sleepers. The figures are of a tiger, a teacher, and two students who represent theoretical Buddhism versus the practice of Buddhism.

Using the dsui technique, which she invented, Tseng Yuho’s painting, Dragonland, captures people’s attention with it’s bright red and gold colors.


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