Hiro Yokose was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1951 and moved to Manhattan as a young man, where he lived and worked for the majority of his career. His sensual paintings depict images of nature composed using a subtle palette. Playing with the viewer’s perceptions, Yokose’s work creates a visual experience of recognition and mystery. Yokose’s unusual technique involves layering oil paint and beeswax on the canvas surface, creating a dream-shrouded vista. In this way, his work hovers between a Zen-like minimalist abstraction and a traditional landscape.
About Hiro Yokose
Hiro Yokose’s lyrical depictions of nature feature big, pale skies floating over silvery lakes or rivers lined with trees. Rendered in a subtle palette that captures the quietude of dawn or dusk, his minimal landscapes have a dream-like quality. Each canvas consists of as many as six layers of oil paint and beeswax; in describing his process, Yokose says he never begins with a particular image in mind: “It's like air or a cloud—there is no shape. If I were to chase my imagination, I would probably never finish, never even start a painting.” His work has been said to hover “between a Zen-like minimalist abstraction and a traditional landscape.” Besides the landscapes for which he is best known, Yokose also paints flowers and completely abstract canvases.
Japanese, b. 1951, Nagasaki, Japan