Master Yasu Shibata & Master Yoshiyasu Fujii
June 26 - July 31, 2016
ABOUT THE SHOW
Foundry Vineyards is honored to announce its
new art exhibition featuring Master Printer Yasu Shibata and
Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii. The opening reception will be
held Sunday, June 26th, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m.
Master Printer Yasu Shibata received his BFA from Kyoto Sika University before moving to the United States in 1991. In the U.S.,
he began his printing career at Tyler Graphics working for artists
such as Frank Stella, David Salle and Helen Frakenthaler. Currently, Shibata works at the print publisher Pace Editions in
New York where he prints exclusively using Mokuhanga techniques to create editions for artists such as Chuck Close and
James Siena. Shibata’s own artwork utilizes both reduction style techniques and Japanese woodcut methods to create multiple layers of pigment that results in vibrant colors exhibited through variations of simple shapes.
Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii’s lifelong passion for calligraphy began at the age of five and continued onto his
college career where he attended Daito Bunka University to study under Master Calligrapher Shumpo Akashi. From there, he continued to receive many awards, including the 1990 and 1992 top award at the Mainichi Calligraphy Competition, one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious calligraphy
competitions. Fujii was also awarded the only U.S. license for calligraphy instruction by the Japanese Ministry of
Education. He has used his talents to promote the unique art form of calligraphy in the U.S., through schools and
programs held in Seattle, Portland, California and on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yasu Shibata was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1968. He received his B.F.A. from Kyoto Seika University, where he studied with the renowned printmaking professor Akira Kurosaki. In 1991 Shibata moved to the United States. He worked for ten years at Tyler Graphics, where he produced prints for artists such as Frank Stella, David Salle, Helen Frankenthaler, and Donald Sultan, using both Japanese and Western woodcut techniques.
Shibata currently works for the New York contemporary print publisher Pace Editions, where he works exclusively in the Japanese woodcut technique. He has created limited editions for Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, April Gornik, James Siena, Francesco Clemente, Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh, Qi Zhilong, Yoshitomo Nara and James Turrell.
Shibata has taught relief printing at Cooper Union since 1998. He has also taught Japanese woodcut workshops at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and at Long Island University in New York.
This exhibition is funded by the Anderson Foundation for the Arts and coordinated through the Whitman Mokuhanga
Center. The Whitman Mokuhanga Center was founded in 2015 by Keiko Hara and Akira R. Takemoto as a way to
promote and explore the Mokuhanga printing method and Japanese culture through workshops, demonstrations,
and community events.