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.
Through his stylized portraits of objets d’art and flowers, artist Kazuhiro Sato says he strives to create poetry rather than merely still-life photographs.
Inspired by the vivid colors of the “Flowers” series by American photographer Irving Penn and moved by Imogen Cunningham’s early 20th-century monotone works, Sato zeroes in on his subjects, producing highly detailed, introspective pieces.
At one time, his images of flowers were set against dark, stark backgrounds, but today his photographs take on a more ethereal feel, with subdued browns, grays and blues highlighting the flowers’ natural tones.
“I was greatly moved by one flower I saw at a mountain temple on one of my travels and since then I have strived to put flowers in a serene world,” he says. “My works on display now put the flowers on a sumi-e [ink-wash painting] background, expressing the change in my vision of flowers.”
Born in 1956, Sato graduated from Kyushu Zokei Art College, in Fukuoka, with a major in photography science. After working in the photo industry for several years, he decided that his work would be best shown on its own and so opened his own studio. He now devotes all of his efforts to creative work, exhibiting in galleries throughout Japan.
March 24–April 13
To express her vision that humans and their creations exist in harmony with nature, sho calligraphy artist Ten-You immersed herself in the works of masters of such traditional elements as shikkui (lime plaster), sunago (powdered silver), urushi (lacquer) and sensu (Japanese folding fans).
“In this exhibition, my works are the cross-pollination of ancient Chinese characters and of the industrial arts and crafts born in the unique climate of Japan,” says Ten-You, whose real name is Mariko Yamada. “In order to realize this idea, I wanted to collaborate with several traditional skillful craftsmen who are acquainted well with the local climate in Japan and [who] have inherited the Japanese tradition directly.”
Working with a sunago artisan, she used silver and gold powder to create a unique piece of art. “I wanted the characters to be emerging and ebbing in the flow on the black ink,” she says. “I could not produce these works without my encounter with the sunago craftsman.”
Last year, she applied the techniques gleaned from a skilled plasterer to produce an engaging work of stucco calligraphy—a first of its kind.
Ten-You apprenticed with leading kodai moji (ancient character) calligrapher Koho Kato, starting in 2000, and became an independent calligrapher in 2007. Since then, she has exhibited her work across the world and has held workshops for children in Tokyo and Paris.