Of course, there’s more to these luminous paintings than first meets the eye. Yasuda’s work is both technically complex and philosophically rich. These aren’t regular canvases, for one thing: they’re wooden superstructures. First, Yasuda carves and shapes the wood, then layers the surface with acrylic polymers. Then he wraps the piece in diaphanous fabric and layers on more paint. The effect is subtle but magical. Each piece has a unique texture—and each seems to glow from within, as if capturing a fleeting moment when the sun is coming up or going down. “I am trying to create symbols of transcendent moments both in the act of perception and realization,” the artist has said.