Harada, Hiroshi

ARTWORKS

Harada is a Japanese painter, he studied at Musashino School of Art in Tokyo where he met his mentor Takeo Yamaguchi*. Following the footsteps of his master, Hiroshi Harada was particularly receptive to Western painting and notably to Cézanne’s works whom he considers « the most significant artist ever to exist ». He was also very struck by the work of Paul Klee and Serge Poliakoff. All these influences distanced him from the received ideas of the Academy and even of the Tokyo art world. It was in 1969 that he finally decided to move in Paris.

In Europe, Harada discovered Western abstraction through painters such as Piet Mondrian, Lucio Fontana and Pierre Soulages, but also Malevich, whose compositions have inspired Hiroshi Harada. Unlike Mondrian and other abstract painters, Hiroshi Harada does not use the golden rule to compose his paintings and this confers more humanity and less austerity to his works.

Hiroshi Harada does not respect the laws of pure geometry. The lines he draws are not often steady. Contrary to Mondrian, he does not use the classic principles of the golden rule. He plays with space and tries to give it not only a meaning but also a sensibility.

He produces something coming from the ancient Masters of Chinese and Japanese painting, which is the thought behind the gesture, which prevails over the gesture itself. He metamorphoses this inheritance.

Hiroshi Harada succeeds in creating a poetic space in and for itself, while at the same time adhering to a set of precise rules.

He takes us in a vast universe of which he wants us to feel the most subtle nuances, with as little means as he can. It is, without any doubt, his most noticeable quality, which reminds us also the visual teachings of the Zen Masters.

In order to fully understand Hiroshi Harada’s paintings, one must know his Orient and his West and imagine a “child” of both worlds, a hybrid creator whom has perpetuated some of the heritage of Japanese traditional art and combined it with the modernism of Western painters of the first half of the XX century.

* Takeo Yamaguchi’s works are in the public collections of international museums such as the Guggenheim Museum of New-York.  He is known as one of the leader of the Abstract Japanese Minimalism movement of the mid XXe .

EXHIBITIONS

2017 : BRAFA ART FAIR, Gallery De Backker, Bruxelles.

2016 : Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris ‘Abstraction et Figuration`  Collective exhibition.

2015: Espace Christian Peugeot, Paris.

“Carrément 2” (Strictly 2)    Collective exhibition.

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris   Collective exhibition.

Gallery Factory 49, Sydney/Australia Collective exhibition.

2014 : Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Au-delà des Abstractions’, Solo exhibition

OSAKA (Japan) Contemporary Art Fair, Galerie Bruno Massa, Paris Collective exhibition.

Réalités Nouvelles, Paris/ Peking, China Collective exhibition.

PAN Amsterdam Art and Antiques Fair, Art@Life, Belgium Solo exhibition.

Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘L`Abstraction et la Figuration’ Collective exhibition.

2013 : Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Abstraction Contemporaine’ Collective exhibition.

Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan , Solo exhibition.

Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris: ‘Soixantiéme anniversaire de la Galerie du Haut PavéCollective exhibition.

Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Le noir absolu’ (total blackness) by G.G. Lemaire Collective exhibition.

Galerie De Vierde Dimensie, Plasmolen, Netherlands: ‘Overzicht I’ Collective exhibition.

Galerie Akie Arichi, Paris: ‘Hommage à Sacher-Masoch et antidote’ (Homage to Sacher-Masoch and antidote)  Collective exhibition.

2012 – Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Ouverture de l`année 2012’, artists from the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles Collective exhibition.

Galerie De Vierde Dimensie, Plasmolen, Netherlands: ‘Groepsexpositie kleine werken’ Collective exhibition.

2011 : Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Objets et Sculptures’ (Objects and Sculptures) Collective exhibition.

Galerie Bij de Boeken, Ulft, , Netherlands Collective exhibition.

Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Ouverture de l`année 2011’ (2011 opening), Collective exhibition.

Drouot Montaigne, Paris: ‘Solidarité TOME séisme – tsunami (Tomé earthquake – tsunami solidarity)   Auction.

Factory 49, Sydney, Australia   Solo exhibition.

2010 : PAN Amsterdam Art and Antiques Fair, Galerie De Vierde Dimensie, Plasmolen, Netherlands.

Galerie Alexandre Allegro, St Ouen: ‘Créations nouvelles’ (New creations)  Solo exhibition.

2009 : Galerie Concret, Paris: ‘Pour faire simple’ (Putting it simply) Collective exhibition.

Galerie Akie Arichi, Paris, 20th birthday Celebrations Collective exhibition.

Galerie De Vierde Dimensie, Plasmolen, Netherlands : ’Japan Frans Nederlandse’  Collective exhibition.

Gallery Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Tokyo – Paris, 40 ans’ (Tokyo – Paris, 40 years)  Solo exhibition.

Lauréat n°29865 of the Foundation Mondrian Solo exhibition.

2008 : Galerie Grand E`Terna, Paris: ‘Ouverture de l`année 2008’ (2008 opening) Collective exhibition.

Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan: ‘The artists of Réalités Nouvelles’ Collective exhibition.

2007 : Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Olive Eye Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo exhibition.

Gendaikko Museum, Miyazaki, Japan Solo exhibition.

Les Moulins de Villancourt, Grenoble: ‘Territoires abstraits’ (Abstract territoires) Collective exhibition.

Château de Tours: ‘L`abstraction geométrique aux réalités nouvelles’ (From geometric abstraction to the new realities) Collective exhibition.

La Galerie: ‘Les inventions du diable’ (The devil’s inventions) Collective exhibition.

Contemporary Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan Collective exhibition.

2006 – Centre Culturel, Saint-Mandé: ‘Artistes et Collectionneurs’ (Artists and Collectors) Collective exhibition.

Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy: ‘Six Japanese Artists’ Collective exhibition.

Galerie White Elephant, Paris: ‘Les inventions du diable’ (The devil’s inventions) Collective exhibition.

Galerie White Elephant, Paris: ‘Ligne après ligne’ (Line by line) Collective exhibition.

Galerie Akie Arichi, Paris: ‘Purement Géométrique’ (Purely geometric) Collective exhibition.

2005 : Galerie White Elephant, Paris: ‘Une poétique de la raison’ (A poetic of reason) Collective exhibition.

Departmental Museum, Miyazaki, Japan Collective exhibition.

Gendaikko Museum, Miyazaki, Japan Collective exhibition.

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris   Collective exhibition.

2004 : Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Gallery Kazé, Osaka, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris   Collective exhibition.

 2003 : Galerie White Elephant, Paris  Solo exhibition.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Calasetta, Sardinia, Italy  Solo exhibition.

Galerie White Elephant, Paris: ‘Objets, boîtes, mobiles’ (Objects, boxes, mobiles) Collective exhibition.

 2002 : Galerie K at the White Elephant, Paris: ‘Carte blanche à Michelle Yoyotte’ (‘Carte blanche for Michelle Yoyotte) by Emmanuel Carlebach  Collective exhibition.

Air France Industries, Orly Nord: ‘Art contemporain Japanais’ (Contemporary Japanese Art) Solo exhibition.

2001 : Galerie White Elephant, Paris: ‘O+X’ (The ‘froth of vision’) Collective exhibition.

Epagny sur Oise: ‘L`écume du regard’ (The ‘froth of vision’) Collective exhibition.

Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Seijo Gallery, Sensaï, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Yagihashi Department Store, Kumagaya, Japan Solo exhibition.

 1999 :  Bourgueil: ‘Orient Extrême’ Collective exhibition.

Galerie White Elephant, Paris Solo exhibition.

Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan: ‘Large formats’ Collective exhibition.

Joué les Tours: ‘Tendances’ (Tendancies) Collective exhibition.

1998 : Art Dune Gallery, Humamatsu, Japan  Solo exhibition.

Nishihashi Gallery, Osaka, Japan Solo exhibition.

Christies, London, Great Britain: ‘Asian Avant-Garde’ Collective exhibition.

1996 : Galerie Nishihashi, Osaka, Japan: ’Three artists: Sugai, Harada, Utsumiya’ Collective exhibition.

Espace Bateau Lavoir, Paris: ‘ Objets subjectifs’ (Subjective objects) Collective exhibition.

Galerie Bell, Oita, Japan Solo exhibition.

1994 : Galerie Sattelite, Paris: ‘De l`amour’ (About love) Collective exhibition.

1991 : Galerie 16, François Tapie, Paris  Collective exhibition.

1989 : Galerie Jacques Barrère, Paris Solo exhibition.
Galerie Zen, Brussels Solo exhibition.

1988 : Centre d’Art Actuel La Cuvée, Lyon Collective exhibition.

Espace Bateau Lavoir, Paris  Performance.
Galerie Plan de Travail, Paris Performance.

 1987 – Espace Bateau Lavoir, Paris  Performance
Espace 31, Issy les Moulineaux: ‘Quatre artistes Japanais’ Performance.

1986 : Centre d’Art Contemporaain, Chalon sur Saône Collective exhibition.
Centre d’Art Actuel La Cuvée, Lyon Collective exhibition.

Jiyugaoka Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo exhibition.

 1985 : Espace Bateau Lavoir, Paris, Centre d’Art Actuel La Cuvée, Lyon Collective exhibition.

1984 : Galerie Chapon, Bordeaux Solo exhibition.
Galerie Armonie, Paris Solo exhibition.

1983 : Varna Biennale, Bulgaria.
Valparaiso Biennale, Chile.

1982 : Jiyugaoka Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo exhibition.

1981 : Varna Biennale, Bulgaria.

1980 : ‘Four Paris Artists’, Varna, Bulgaria Collective exhibition.

1978 : Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris Collective exhibition.

Head Art Gallery, Saitama, Japan Collective exhibition.
Koh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Solo exhibition.

1977 : International Print Biennale, Cannes Collective exhibition.

1975 : ‘Seize artistes contemporains’ (Sixteen contemporary artists), Dieppe, Nîmes, Saint-Ouen, Corbeil Collective exhibition.

1972 – 1979 : Symposium de l`Estampe (Print Symposium), Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris  Collective exhibition.

1971 : French government grant holders exhibition (Vincennes) Collective exhibition.
              Exhibition of works by foreign artists (F.I.A.P) Collective exhibition.

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