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

YASUKO HASUMURA 蓮村泰子


1958   
Born in Hokkaido, Japan

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Member of Japan Artists Association and International Association of Art
 

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.

EDUCATION

1982   
MFA, Tama Art University, Japan


1980   
BFA, Tama Art University, Japan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023  
YASUKO HASUMURA: AIR AND THE VOID, SEIZAN Gallery, New York


2017  
Yasuko Hasumura-ten, Shibata Etsuko Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2016  
Yasuko Hasumura: Washi no Sekai, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan


2013  
Yasuko Hasumura: Suibokuga-ten, Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka, Japan


2012  
Yasuko Hasumura-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Yasuko Hasumura Sakuhin-ten, Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, Japan


2009  
Yasuko Hasumura: SUIBOKU, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2007  
Sumi niyoru Chūshō Hyōgen, Gallery Moteki, Tokyo, Japan


1993  
Kanata no Mono, Maki Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021  
Market Art & Design The Hamptons, SEIZAN Gallery NY booth, New York


2020  
Art on Paper New York, SEIZAN Gallery booth, New York 
Virtual art fair Intersect Chicago, SEIZAN Gallery booth, Online exhibition


2019  
Seattle Art Fair 2019, Century Link Field Event Center, SEIZAN Gallery booth, Seattle

SUMI: JAPANESE INK PAINTING FROM POST-WAR TO THE PRESENT, SEIZAN Gallery, New York


2018  
Kaze 2018, Gallery Q, Gallery Bar Kajima, Tokyo, Japan   


2016  
Nagai Garou Gendai Suiboku 2015, Gallery Nagai, Tokyo, Japan


2015  
SENSU-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   


2013  
SENSU-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2012  
Nihon no Shitsurei: Kissho no Katachi-ten, Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan

Summer Art Selection, Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, Japan

Inori no Katachi, Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, Japan


2011  
Ome Art Jam: Great East Japan Earthquake donation Exhibition, Ōme Municipal Museum of Art Civic Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Inori no Katachi, Sendai Mistukoshi, Miyagi, Japan 

Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan


2010  
Kiei artists 7+7 no Shiten, Sapporo Daimaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Invitational Exhibition “Gendai Suiboku Sakka-ten”, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo, (Continued every year afterward)

The 8th Sesshū no Sato Sōja Bokusaiga-ten sponsored by Soja city government, Okayama, Japan


2009  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, (through 2015)

Japan Art Festival: Hasumura Yasuko Sumi no Sekai-ten, Salzburg Museum, Austria

Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

International Art Expo, New York


2008  
International Art Expo, New York

Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

The 37th Japanese Today’s Arts Exhibition in Spain, Comillas, Spain


2007  
LINE ART INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Gent, Belgium

AWARDS

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

EXHIBITIONS

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YASUKO HASUMURA: AIR AND THE VOID

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SUMI: JAPANESE INK PAINTING FROM POST-WAR TO THE PRESENT

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