"Yuji Hiratsuka Works on Paper: Prints, Drawings, and Book Arts" opened at Benton County Historical Museum on Friday, September 5, 2014.The exhibition was on view through October 11, 2014. "Yuji Hiratsuka needs no introduction in artistic, institutional, or academic print making circles. His widely known, brilliantly conceived and executed intaglio prints are second to none, today," notes Stephen A. Fredericks, Founder of The New York Society of Etchers.
The exhibition opened with an artist reception on Friday, September 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Although Hiratsuka's artwork is mainly considered representational, he deals with more metaphorical aspects rather than realistic physical evidence. The human body, along with other elements: fruit, vegetables, furniture, animals, etc., have been his most recent focus. His images bear a slight resemblance to traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, but also express contemporary aspects of the Western Hemisphere.
Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to the United States in 1985. Since 1992, he has taught printmaking at Oregon State University. His graphic work has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and has received numerous awards in national and international competitions. Hiratsuka's work is represented in many public collections, including The British Museum, London, England; Freer/Sackler, The Smithsonian's Museum of Asian Art; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Portland Art Museum, Oregon.