Gallery Exhibition: Gyokusen Kasagi

Experience the enigmatic abstract works of sumi-e artist Gyokusen Kasagi at the Frederick Harris Gallery.

Kasagi artfully captures her thoughts on natural materials, such as washi paper and traditional sumi ink from soot and glue.

“I draw because I want to see beautiful things,” says Kasagi, “All my pieces come from the heart.”

The Sapporo native aims to express the reality of what goes on in the mind versus just what the eye can see and believes that the “final touches” of her art are added on by every person who sees it.

“Everyone perceives things differently and they are all correct [about the details of my art].”

Her artwork has adorned the walls of the Budapest Printemps Gallery, the Embassy of Japan in Poland, the Sapporo Gallery Esse and more.

Artistic Thoughts

Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
I became an artist before I even realized it.

What I would tell my 20-year-old self.  
Things can be unexpected at times, but life isn’t bad.

My perfect creative environment.  
I’ve never thought about an ideal environment. I always do everything I can in any setting.

Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.  


  • Feb 6 (6pm)–Mar 4 (2pm)
  • Frederick Harris Gallery (B1 & 1F)

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