Robert Yasuda

b. 1940, Kauai, Hawaii
I am trying to create symbols of transcendent moments -- both in the act of perception and realization.
Neptune
Neptune

For most of his six-decade career, Robert Yasuda has focused on minimalism within a practice that merges painting with architecture. The contemplative, poetic nature of his work reflects the sensibilities of his heritage as well as Buddhist teachings from his childhood. His process begins with the application of acrylic polymers onto carved wooden structures, which are then wrapped with sheer fabrics, and finally layered again with translucent pigments. The wood is subtly modified and sometimes multi-paneled to play various roles as surface, frame, structure and vehicle of experiencing the painting. The final work contains depths of visible layers and interactive complexities among color fields, light, shadow and the sculptural elements. Over time, his paintings have moved beyond purely formal minimalism into more subjective studies with sensuous gestures and autobiographical references. In addition to his studio works, Yasuda has a long history of large-scale, site-specific wall paintings which he has installed at institutions such as PS 1 MOMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Corcoran Museum of Art, among others, since the 1970s.

Robert Yasuda received his BFA and MFA from the Pratt Institute and divides his time between studios in New York City and Key West. First exhibiting in 1965, Yasuda has had 30 solo exhibitions internationally and over 80 group exhibitions to date. He has received a National Endowment to the Arts award, The John Hay Whitney Grant, a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut; The McNay Museum, San Antonio Texas, The Bass Museum, Miami Florida; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and others.

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Neptune
Neptune
Kailua
Kailua
Waimanalo
Waimanalo
Mokapu
Mokapu
Lagoon
Lagoon
Kipuka
Kipuka
Waianai
Waianai
Makai
Makai
Kahana
Kahana
Amakua
Amakua
Loihi
Loihi
BD Koolau 1/5
BD Koolau 1/5
BD Koolau 2/5
BD Koolau 2/5
BD Koolau 3/5
BD Koolau 3/5
BD Koolau 4/5
BD Koolau 4/5
BD Koolau 5/5
BD Koolau 5/5
BD Second Break
BD Second Break
BD Crisp
BD Crisp
BD Sandbar
BD Sandbar
Neptune
Neptune
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 42x36
2018
Kailua
Kailua
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 30x40
2018
Waimanalo
Waimanalo
acrylic on polymer on fabric on wood, 12x40
2018
Mokapu
Mokapu
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 31x47
2018
Lagoon
Lagoon
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 13x28
2018
Kipuka
Kipuka
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 40x30
2018
Waianai
Waianai
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 16x36
2018
Makai
Makai
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 26x36
2018
Kahana
Kahana
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 31x47
2018
Amakua
Amakua
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 26x43
2018
Loihi
Loihi
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 40x60
2018
BD Koolau 1/5
BD Koolau 1/5
acrylic on fabric on paper, 18.5x25.5
2018
BD Koolau 2/5
BD Koolau 2/5
acrylic on fabric on paper, 18.5x25.5
2018
BD Koolau 3/5
BD Koolau 3/5
acrylic on fabric on paper, 18.5x25.5
2018
BD Koolau 4/5
BD Koolau 4/5
acrylic on fabric on paper, 18.5x25.5
2018
BD Koolau 5/5
BD Koolau 5/5
acrylic on fabric on paper, 18.5x25.5
2018
BD Second Break
BD Second Break
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 22x27
2017
BD Crisp
BD Crisp
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 24x14
2018
BD Sandbar
BD Sandbar
acrylic polymer on fabric on wood, 24x24
2018

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