Photo by Seiya Kawamoto for the monthly magazine “Shumi no Suibokuga: Hito to Sumi”

Photo by Seiya Kawamoto for the monthly magazine “Shumi no Suibokuga: Hito to Sumi”

Yasuko Hasumura

Born in 1958 in Hokkaido, Japan Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Yasuko Hasumura manipulates Japanese washi paper and sumi ink into a unique abstract expression which captures air, light or an instant onto a canvas. Born in 1958 in Hokkaido, Japan, Hasumura studied oil painting at Tama Art University and contemporary art theory under Lee Ufan. Greatly influenced by an encounter with Noh theatre, which she describes as a “soul-trembling experience,” Hasumura strived to recreate this experience onto canvas. This led her to experiment with traditional materials of Nihonga, Japanese-style painting. After studying sumi painting with the master Yoshiyuki Nakano, Hasumura went on to develop her current style working only with sumi ink and ultra-thin washi paper. These muted, tranquil works are often compared to those by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hasumura’s attitude towards production reflects what she learned from Ufan: be aware and focus on the relationship between the body and materials.  

Hasumura is currently a member of the Japan Artists Association and the International Association of Art.


 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

“Yasuko Hasumura – ten” (Shibata Etsuko Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

“Yasuko Hasumura: Washi no Sekai” (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
“Gendai Suiboku 2015” (Gallery Nagai, Tokyo)

2013

“Yasuko Hasumura Suibokuga-ten” (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)

2012

“Yasuko Hasumura-ten” (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
“Yasuko Hasumura Sakuhin-ten” (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2011

“Inori no Katachi-ten” (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, continued in 2012)

2009

“Sumi no Sekai-ten” at Japan Art Festival (the Salzburg Museum, Austria)
“Yasuko Hasumura: SUIBOKU” (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2007

“Sumi niyoru Chusho-teki Hyogen” (Gallery Moteki, Tokyo)

1993

“Kanata no Mono” (Tamuramaki gallery, Tokyo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Seattle Art Fair 2019 (CenturyLink Field Event Center, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Seattle)

2019

“Sumi: Japanese Ink Painting From Post-War to the Present” (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

2018

“Kaze 2018” (Gallery Q, Gallery Bar Kajima, Tokyo)


2013

“Sensu-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued in 2015)

2012

“Nihon no Shitsurei: Kissho no Katachi-ten” (Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
“Summer Art Selection” (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)

2011

“Ome Art Jam: Great East Japan Earthquake donation Exhibition” (Ome Municipal Museum of Art Civic Art Gallery, Tokyo)

2010

“Kiei artists 7+7 no Shiten” (Sapporo Daimaru Department Store, Hokkaido)
Invitational Exhibition “Gendai Suiboku Sakka-ten” (The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo, continued every year afterward)

2009

“Something Precious Exhibition” (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, until 2014)

2008

“International Artexpo” (New York, USA, continues in 2009)
“Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Toyo, continued in 2009, 2011)
“The 37th Japanese Today’s Arts Exhibition in Spain” (Komijasu, Spain)

2007

“LINEART INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR” (Gent, Belgium)

Awards

2008

Paris Salon award, Franco-Japanese contemporary art world exhibition (Tokyo)


 

Exhibitions

Sumi: Japanese Ink Painting from Post-War to the Present

Sumi: Japanese Ink Painting from Post-War to the Present