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Japanese Artist Hiroshi Hara at Art Beatus

stream_s.jpgWASHI Ink Works of Hiroshi Hara
February 29, 2008 – April 25, 2008

The exhibition at Art Beatus will open with an afternoon reception open to the public on Friday, February 29 from 3pm to 6pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Although Hara has had many solo and group shows in his homeland, this will be his debut exhibition in Canada.

Washi is Japanese paper which has been created from Japanese plants, mainly Kozo or Mitsumata. Born in 1956 in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Hiroshi Hara’s love for paper began at a young age when his family moved to Iyo Mishima (now Shikoku Chuo City) into a building next door to a place that made washi. Whenever his mother was looking for him, he could often be found watching the washi being made in the workplace. Hiroshi’s father was a banker who later left his career to work in a paper mill. The artist remembers his father’s amazing efforts and strict approach to making the paper; he feels this is where he developed a deep respect, love and appreciation for the beauty and warmth of washi.
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