Hiro Ichikawa - Suspension, 2015 (detail)

Hiro Ichikawa

Japan 1959

Abstract Art


Hiro Ichikawa
Hiro Ichikawa
October 17, 2015
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Hiro Ichikawa is a Japanese abstract artist, known for his oil paintings which he creates on wooden panels. His art is heavily influenced by nature. Hiro Ichikawa was born in Osaka, Japan in 1959. A child of kimono makers, Hiro’s childhood was filled with the abundance of traditionally designed, intensely colored silk materials, which influenced him and set him on a path to become a successful artist. Ichikawa spent his formative years learning the art of drawing and painting – he received his academic training at Suidobata Art Academy in Tokyo. However, he soon realized that he was attracted to Western art, so he traveled to New York in 1980, in order to learn and expand his artistic horizon. In 1984, he obtained a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, and made a decision to remain in New York.

Recent Artwork

Hiro Ichikawa - Humus, Passages Series, 2015
Hiro Ichikawa – Humus, Passages Series, 2015

Soon, Hiro rose to prominence in New York, and later in his native country, which ensured him many shows and exhibitions. Looking for a better studio, and a place which would instill new dimensions into his art, Ichikawa moved to Beacon, New York in 2001, where he still resides. The scenic environment of his new dwelling did just that – his studio is surrounded by mountains and rivers.

Passages Series

Hiro Ichikawa - Untitled, Passages Series, 2015
Hiro Ichikawa – Stratum, Passages Series, 2015

Ichikawa believes that contemporary art traditional Japanese art have a lot in common. Guided by this thought, the artist’s work strives towards capturing traditional san-sui paintings in modern light. San-sui paintings depict non-existent landscapes; they are fruits of artists’ imagination. Hiro’s paintings, however, are not straight depictions of the landscape. Instead, he tries to capture the substance and spirit of nature, and to transfer it onto a wooden panel. He applies small dots and points of paint to the surface, creating multitudes of them, giving the elements of his paintings shapes and density. Ichikawa is a printmaker as well. His most famous etching series is Aether where he employs the same kinds of patterns and style that he does in his landscape paintings.

Hiro Ichikawa at Woodward Gallery

Hiro Ichikawa - Range, 2003 and Carmine Prance, 2006
Hiro Ichikawa – Range, 2003 and Carmine Prance, 2006

Hiro has displayed his works all over the East Coast and in his native Japan. His artworks have been a part of numerous group exhibitions, like Paper Invitational at Woodward Gallery, and 2005’s Winter Paper Seven. Hiro’s paintings were shown side by side with the works of such art giants as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Since 1993, Ichikawa has displayed his works every year in Japan at Mogi Gallery in Kiryu. He also had one-man shows at Maya Gallery in Osaka and Gallery Q in Tokyo. He is now represented by Woodward Gallery in New York.

Hiro Ichikawa currently resides and works in Beacon, New York.

Featured image: Hiro Ichikawa – Suspension, 2015 (detail)
All images copyright © the artist and Woodward Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012StreamsGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2011StreamsMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2011ScapesScott & Bowne Gallery, Kent, USSolo
2011Prints Without PixelsTheo Ganz Studio, Beacon, USGroup
2011IllusionsRiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, USSolo
2011Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2011Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2010Big Paper WinterWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2010Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2010Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2009Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2009Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2008Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2008Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2007Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2007Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2006Hiro IchikawaGallery Marya, Takatsuki, JapanSolo
2006Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2006Gallery Artists '06-'07Woodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2005Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2005WinterPaperSevenWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2004Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2004HM2Woodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2003Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2003Paper Invitational, VIWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2002Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2002Always In Our HeartsWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2001Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2001Paper Invitational IVWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
2000Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
2000Paper Invitational IIIWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
1999Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1999NatureWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
1999Paper Invitational IIWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
1998Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1998Paper InvitationalWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
1998Hiro IchikawaGallery Q, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1997Long Hot SummerAljira Gallery, New York, USGroup
1997Hiro IchikawaMogi Gallery, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1996KanDocument 376, Kiryu, JapanGroup
1995Aesthetic MysticWoodward Gallery, New York, USGroup
1995Hiro IchikawaBoke, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1994Hiro IchikawaBoke, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1994Yurin-kan collageYurin-kan, Kiryu, JapanGroup
1993Hiro IchikawaBoke, Kiryu, JapanSolo
1992Contemporary Artists in NYKool Art, New York, USGroup
1988Invitational 198855 Mercer Street Gallery, New York, USGroup
1987Small WorksBrooklyn Art and Culture Academy, New York, USGroup
1986On, Of and About PaperRotunda Gallery, New York, USGroup
1985Small WorksBrooklyn Art and Culture Academy, New York, USGroup