Frederick Harris GalleryThe former Genkan Gallery was renamed in December 2010 to honor the late Dr Frederick Harris, a former Club president, longtime chair of the Genkan Gallery Committee, renowned artist and cultural ambassador whose profound contributions to the Club and the grander art world over the decades were plentiful.
The Frederick Harris Gallery houses a changing selection of fine artwork from local and internationally renowned artists. Exhibitions feature a new artist every month, with works ranging from oil paintings and traditional Japanese woodblock prints to ceramics and sculptures.
Much of the displayed artwork is available for purchase through the Member Services Desk. Sales of works begin at 6 pm on the first day of the exhibition.
Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork can complete an application at the Member Services Desk. Showcased artists are selected by the Frederick Harris Gallery Committee.
During his years as a master’s student at Tokyo University of the Arts, abstract artist Keiichiro Furukado searched for the “ideal” canvas. He eventually discovered a material that is more commonly associated with submarine periscopes, airplane windshields, ice hockey rinks and aquariums.
The clear, shatterproof plastic, or Plexiglas, as it’s more commonly known, became Furukado’s canvas for his drip painting artwork, a technique popularized by mid-20th century artists Janet Sobel and Jackson Pollock in which paint is dripped or poured onto a canvas.
Using sheets of acrylic glass, or poly(methyl methacrylate), to give it its chemical name, Furukado, 43, patiently creates rich, colorful flower motifs. He sometimes applies other methods as well, such as drawing or decoupage with industrial wallpaper.
For this month’s exhibition at the Frederick Harris Gallery, the Kanagawa Prefecture native says he will reveal both the public and private sides of his character through his artwork, which illuminates places where people gather.
Furukado shows his works mainly at cafés, bars and interior shops throughout Tokyo and Shanghai. They are also on display in hospitals and building entrances. He says he hopes each piece will build an intimate connection with the viewer.
“I love the direct relationship with people, regardless of whether those relationships are business or private. Answers can come in a direct shot because the unnecessary things that can alter first impressions are stripped away,” Furukado says. “The origins of my work are such that my style and the materials I use match, they are in harmony.”