Paul Hamanaka

Mixed Media/Sculpture


Contact Information

www.myartmuseumannex.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

In my art, I often apply Ying and Yang concept, two opposing forces or elements that together make up unified world, believing the two polarities enhance the artistic vision dramatically and, at the same time, hoping the truth will be felt through their interaction.

In the recent project, Look Closer, I combine painting and sculptural aspects in one way to express this concept. On the front of the box-shaped artwork is a portion of a building wall with some holes, cracks, and openings which invite viewers to look inside and get closer to see the painting inside. The wall will symbolize strength yet fragility – it will decay one day. The portrait will represent long lasting beauty and yet impermanence – it will be aged and disappear someday. Everything will be gone.

Really? Nothing will stay? My mind is telling me otherwise. Through my art making process, I want to grasp something intangible, indescribable, and invisible that exists in human activities and that will stay forever in our lives and in me. I am looking for, as always, a new way to capture the overwhelming power or universal energy that I feel stronger and stronger day in and day out.

Education

1997 – 1999
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
MFA

1995 – 1997
Eastern University, , Radnor, PA
BA

1978 – 1980
Academie de Port-Royal, Paris, France
Certificate

1970 – 1972
Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
Associate BFA
Continuing Education
2000 – 2001
Advanced Theoretical Criticism, The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA

2000 – 2002
Web Design I and II, University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2006
Lorraine and Ben Alexander Award,
64th Annual Painting Award Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

2004
Merit Award, 2004 International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

1999 – 2000
Violette De Mazia Grant, Violette De Mazia Trust, The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA

1998 – 1999
Gray Trust Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1997
The Hahn Gallery Award, Artists Equity Triennial, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1995
Honorable Mention,Manhattan Arts Intern’l Cover Art Competition, New York, NY

1994
Artists Guild Award, Artists Equity Triennial, Philadelphia, PA

1991
Second Prize, National Juried Competition, Pindar Gallery, New York, NY

1989
Toyama Newspaper Awards, 29th Annual, Kurobe City, Toyama, Japan

1988
Carlos Sierra Franco Award, 50th Annual, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Excellence Award, 28th Annual, Kurobe City, Toyama, Japan

1987
Ichigenkai Award, 27th Annual, Kurobe City, Toyama, Japan

1986
Commission for paintings, Mayoral office, Yokkaichi City,
Mie, Japan

1984
Commission for sculpture, Mayor’s Memorial in Aogashima, Tokyo, Japan

Collections

Selected Public Collections
World Bank, Washington D.C
Inlingua Language School, Philadelphia, PA
Yokkaichi University, Mie, Japan

Private collectors in France, Sweden, Germany, Canada, USA
& Japan

Bibliography

2009
Donohoe, Victoria, “Artful, useful pewter, the people’s metal,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2009

2006
Donohoe, Victoria, “Cheltenham Art Center show,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2006

2001
Scira, Ron, “Shadows/Substance: May the light be with you,” Reading Eagle, September 30, 2001

1998
Raynor, Vivien, “Show that Highlights Dreams and Magic,” The New York Times, October 11,1998

Eliot, Robert, ’“More reviews,” Art Matters, December ’89 – January ’90

Donohoe, Victoria, “An outstanding Phila Artist shows his recent work,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 4,1983

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2016
Pain and beyond, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2015
Qi Realism, Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Look Closer, Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Strasphere Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
MBN Freeform Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Eastern University, Radnor, PA

2001
Freyburger Gallery, Penn State University, Berks-Lehigh Valley, PA

1989
Camden County Community College, Clamont, NJ

1983
Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1982
Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1981
Marcel Bernheim, Paris, France

Group
2012 – 2013
Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2012
Art of the State, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA

2009
Faculty Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Faculty Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Philadelphia Sculpture Show, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Faculty Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2006
64th Annual Painting Awards Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

20th International Juried Show, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts Group Show, Qbix Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

War it!, MBN Freeform Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

14th National Juried Show, ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ

2004
2004 International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ
Curator: Charlotta Kotik, The Brooklyn Museum of Art

Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2004, Mary Washington College, VA
Curator: Stephen Phillips, The Phillips Collection

Real Life, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Invitational Show, MBN Freeform Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
12th National Juried Show, Art Center of Northern New Jersey
Curator: Dana Miller, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Juried Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

One Piece, MBN Freeform Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Celebration of Visual Traditions, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA

Gallery Walk, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA

Jump Street Exhibit, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

2001
The New Millennium, sponsored by PCA (Penn. Council on the Arts) at Penn State University
and at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

2000
Art of Healing, Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, PA

60th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Show in 2000, Artform Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Juried Member’s show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1999
Thesis Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Waking Dream, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

56th Annual Awards Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Artists Equity Invitational, Villanova University Art Gallery, Villanova, PA

1997
Artists Equity Invitational, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

JAA 25th Show, ISE Foundation, New York, NY

JAA Members Show, Kaoru Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1996
Annual Award Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Half the Other Show, Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial,
Philadelphia, PA

1995
Beyond Borders II, Art In City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Artists Equity Show, Gloucester County Community College, NJ

1994
Artists Equity Triennial, Berman Museum, PA

1992
Immaculata College Annual Show, Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA

1991
Invitational, Pindar Gallery, New York, NY
Curator: Charlotta Kotik, The Brooklyn Museum of Art

Immaculata College Annual Show, Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA

Art at the Armory, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Faber Birren Color Award Show, Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT

Annual Show, Ariel Gallery, New York, NY

1989
Annual Award Exhibition, Chltenham Center for the Arts, Chltenham, PA

Annual Award Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Annual, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Annual Award Show, Kurobe Culture Center, Toyama, Japan

1988
Artists Equity Triennial, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Annual, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Annual Award Show, Kurobe Culture Center, Toyama, Japan

Annual Award Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1987
Annual, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Annual Award Show, Kurobe Culture Center, Toyama, Japan

Annual Award Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Annual Award Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Art, Moorestown, NJ

1981 – 1985
Annual Group Show, Portico Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1980
Salon d’Automn, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1979
Salon d’Automn, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Salon National Des Beaux Arts, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1978
Invitational Modern Art Exhibition, Takara Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

 

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