Hiro Yokose, ‘WOP 2-00632’, 2015, Bentley Gallery

paper size h 22.5" w 30.25" image size h 6.5" w 13.5"

Signature: signed, date, and title on bottom

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

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