72.7 X 100 cm
If you had asked me yesterday who was Takahiro Hara, I am sad to say, I would not have known. After all, he lives on the other side of the world from me, and despite his obvious talent, his work just did not seem readily available to an American audience (he does not even have a website). But today, as I checked a new post on Arcadia Gallery's Fine Arts Log, there was an image of a beautiful painting that had just arrived in the gallery from Japan, and I was driven to see more from this outstanding artist.
130.3 X 80.3 cm
There is little information on Hara on the internet. If it were not for Facebook, even Arcadia Gallery would not have known about this skilled painter. As it happens, if one of Arcadia's other artists, Aron Wiesenfeld, had not seen the work on Hara's profile page and shown it to the gallery's owner, Steve Diamant, we might all still be in the dark.
Hara was born in Fukuyama in 1971. He graduated from the Department of Fine Art at the Kanazawa College of Art in 1994, and two years later, finished the Graduate Degree program there as well. In 1999, Hara traveled to Spain, and studied at the National Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he remained until July of the following year. In 2004, he returned to the Universidad, and during the summer of 2005, attended classes at the studio of the legendary Antonio López García. Hara has won many awards in his home country of Japan, and hopefully, through his introduction to the U.S. by Arcadia Gallery, is also set to take this country by storm.
"Unskilled as I am, I want to do it step by step." ~ Takahiro Hara speaking about his own work.
|Hara with Antonio López|