Transparent & Translucent is an exhibition of new sculptural paintings by Robert Yasuda (b.1940, Hawaii), who is best known for his luminous multi-panel works on carved wood that transmit and transform light.
Robert Yasuda first came to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s with experimental works that resisted traditional definitions of painting. Inspired by travels through India, Japan, Southeast Asia and Europe, he veered away from the Western notion of painting functioning like a window onto the world. He was particularly drawn to Eastern approaches to picture-making and framing, including Japanese scroll paintings and Chinese paintings resting on ornately carved stands. Having spent time shaping and sanding wood surfboards in his youth, he naturally gravitated toward working with wood and began experimenting with sheer fabric and acrylic paint on thick wooden boards.
This latest body of work, on view through August 19, is a culmination of the artist’s decades-long exploration of perception, light and space. These lush, atmospheric paintings are rooted in his early encounters with nature in Hawaii where he was born and raised.
Venue: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Road 01-05, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108933
When: 10 Jun - 19 Aug 2023, Tuesday–Friday 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday 11 am – 7 pm