Akihiko Izukura: Life in Colors in Hawaii 2013

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    Textile artist Akihiko Izukura oversees the installation of his work "Life in Colors" at the Academy Art Center.

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    "Life in Colors" at the Academy Art Center.

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    Akihiko Izukura's "Life in Colors" at Academy Art Center, 1-11-12.

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    Akihiko Izukura's installation "Life in Colors" at Academy Art Center, 1-11-12.

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September 03, 2013 - September 21, 2013
Honolulu Museum of Art School


Exhibition Overview

Renowned Kyoto-based natural textile artist and fashion designer Akihiko Izukura returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art School (he was last here in January 2012). On view will be his work along with the work his students produced in the workshop he held at the school.

Izukura was born into a family that for many generations weaved obi in Nishijin, Kyoto. After graduating from Doshisha University, he became president of his family’s business, where he developed his own laboratory and devoted himself to the study of dyeing and weaving. Almost immediately his textile works garnered national prizes. He reached a turning point when he received a major prize in 1986 for a work of braided tapestry—made with chemical dyes. That is when he began his dialogue with nature, and this personal journey continues today, taking him to places throughout Japan and overseas to demonstrate this ongoing dialogue.

Hawai‘i is an ideal location for Life in Colors. The natural beauty of the islands, with its underlying radiance and power, inspires Izukura, a natural textile artist, who seeks to find a path for people to coexist with nature.