Gallery Exhibition: Hisahiro Fukasawa

“I want to update Japanese classical art,” Hisahiro Fukasawa declares in his Instagram profile.

Inspired by the works of traditional Japanese painters from as early as the Muromachi period, more than 450 years ago, the Kanagawa-based artist produces art that combines a classical style with modern, graphic elements.

The former graphic designer’s gray-toned “Tranquility” series of paintings evokes feelings of deep contemplation while his pieces featuring metal leaf and vivid colors explode with dazzling, pop art-esque showiness.

Fukasawa, who studied at Osaka University of Arts and Kuwasawa Design School in Shibuya, exhibits his stunning collection of works for one month from May 9 at the Frederick Harris Gallery.

Artworks are available for purchase through Member Services.

Artistic Thoughts
Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.

I was a graphic designer in my 20s. But when I started feeling that what I wanted to do could not be achieved in the realm of design, I began to create new artwork. Perhaps that moment was my first step toward becoming an artist.

What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
People, places and genres beyond your imagination will guide you. Please don’t let your fears stop you from taking action.

My perfect creative environment.
Fresh air, greenery, light and tranquility. A meditation space for just one person, undisturbed by anyone.

Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
Maruyama Okyo [Edo-period painter].


  • Exhibition: May 9 (6pm)–Jun 5 (2pm)
  • Meet the artist: May 10–14 & 19–21 (12–5pm)

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