YUJI HIRATSUKA



Born 1954 in Osaka, Japan
Yuji Hiratsuka, like Roger Shimorura before him, mixes west and east in his work, but with less emphasis on socio-cultural commentary and more placed of interplay of the visual effects achieved through old European engravings, which he collects, and the Japanese woodblock print. The artist, who studied at Indiana University at Bloomington (M.F.A., 1992) and is now Chair of the Art Department at Oregon State University, also favors a more intimate scale. The small intaglios produced during his residency (November 2-7, 2005) have an Asian theme, but the angularity of the small figures with enlarged heads and the treatment of space diverge from the conventions of 18th century Ukiyo-e prints.




Levitation
2005; color intaglio and chine collé; image: 12x16 , sheet: 22 1/2x30 (30.5x40.6); edition of 30
Mystic Spell
2005; color intaglio and chine collé; image: 12x16 (30.5x40.6), sheet: 221/2x30 inches (); edition of 30