Hiro Yokose paints images of nature composed in subtle, sensuous palettes. Playing with the viewer’s perceptions, his work creates a visual experience of recognition and mystery. Yokose’s technique involves layering oil paint and polished varnish on the canvas surface, creating soft, dream-shrouded vistas. There is the sense of the infinite in his luminous works. Yokose often paints a low horizon line in his compositions, illuminating the rest of the canvas with Turneresque skies and quiet, misty landscapes. In this way, his work hovers between a Zen-like minimalist abstraction and a traditional landscape.
Hiro Yokose was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1951 and moved to Manhattan as a young man, where he lived and worked for the majority of his career, until returning to Japan. His works can be found in numerous collections including Microsoft, Boeing, Citibank, and San José Museum of Art.