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Biography

1964 Born in Shiga, Japan
1987 Bachelor of Education in Art, Kyoto University of Education
Japanese Painting Major in Junior High School Teacher's Course
1990 Research Student, Kyoto Seika University Printmaking Department

Inventory Catalogue
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012
"Land and City Paintings and Prints by Toru Sugita", La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, California
"Bay Area Shapes - Etchings by Toru Sugita", Caffe Museo, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California
2011
"A Continuous-Scape", The Art Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado
2010
"Toru Sugita: Chronology and New Vision", Diablo Vallery College Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, California
2008
"The Work of Toru Sugita", Hang Ups Fine Art, Grand Junction, Colorado
2007
"Toru Sugita: New Prints and Paintings", Newmark Gallery, San Francisco, California
2006
"Ephemera", Johnson's Art Gallery, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado
2002
"Toru Sugita Paintings and Prints", Gallery img, Santa Clara, California
2000 "Intersecting Angles", Merced College Art Gallery, Merced, California
1999 "At Shadows Edge" Studio 1109, Sacramento, California
1997 "A Shape 1992-1996", AlA East Bay, Oakland, California
1990 "The Other View" (Installation), Gallery Suzuki, Kyoto, Japan
1988 "A Fine Day Goes Down" (Mixed Media), Gallery Iteza, Kyoto, Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
"Winterlude", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"City Streets", Studio Gallery, San Francisco, California
Carol Lefkowitz, Toru Sugita, Juan Miguel Santiago, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, California
2012
"DVC Printmaking Current", Diablo Valley College Library, Pleasant Hill, California
"Ink and Clay 38", California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
"Flock Work" inspired by birds, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, California
Gallery Group Artists Show, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Why Paint Landscape?", ArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, California
"Off the Press", Haldan Gallery, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, California
2011
"Accession: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection", Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
"A Stone's Throw" Exchange Exhibition, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, New York
"Light/Dark", California Society of Printmakers Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California
2010
"2010 Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition", University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii
"Skin Deep II", The Art Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado
2009
"On View: New Work from Kala", Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
"Six Decades of Printmaking", ArtZone 461, San Francisco, California
20th National Biennial of Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
"PRINTED: A Juried Exhibition", Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California
2008
The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum, Kochi, Japan
Janet Turner 7th National Competition, Janet Turner Print Museum, California State University, Chico, California
2007
Los Angeles Printmaking Society 19th National Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California
20th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin
2006
"Pacific Prints 2006", Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California
"Impressions 2006", Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
2005
Printmakers Invitational 2005, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, California
18th National Biennial of Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
Berkeley Art Center 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California
2004
"Issho/Together", Japanese American/Japanese National Artists in America, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California
"Fields of View: Natural & Urban Landscapes", Dorothy Herger Gallery, Solano Community College, Fairfield, California
"...'tis the season!", Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Printmaking & Process: An Overview of Contemporary Practice", Arts Benicia Center, Benicia, California
2003
Berkeley Art Center 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California
2nd Graphic Annual of Contemporary Printmaking, Museo de los Ninos, San Jose, Costa Rica
LAPS Juried Membership Exhibition, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California
2002 "Then & Now", Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), Oakland, California
"Breakages: USF 3rd Annual Sculpture Show", University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
"Dibuo Dibujado", 1st International Annual of Drawing, Museo del Nino, San Jose, Costa Rica
Janet Turner 4th National Print Competition, California State University, Chico, California
"Flashing", Art Beatus Gallery ,Vancouver, Canada
2001 "California Small Works", Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, California
Berkley Art Center 18th Annual Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, California
2000 Autour de Frans Measerel, Le Lode Fine Arts Museum, Le Lode, Switzerland
Scratch & Burn-Intagio Prints by Toru Sugita and Xavier Viramontes, Collectors
Gallery, Oakland, California
Oeuvres graphiqques cl'artistes contemporaries' ayant trvaille au celebre Centre Frans
Maser eel, Gordes, France
"Meetings", Suolahti Old Station Hall, Suolahti, Finland
Laps 2000, Brand Library Art Gallery, California
Pacific Prints 2000, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, California
1999 California Prints From Wood, Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, California
Selections from Open Studio'98, San Francisco, California
Faultines/Watermarks, The Atrium, San Francisco, CN Amsterdam, Holland
Kala At 25, University of Pacific, Stockton, California
15th National Bieennial of Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Lab and Gallery, California
1998 California Prints From Wood, Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, California
Pro Arts 1998 Juried Annual Show, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California
"Geometric/Organic" Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, California
Etchings, Etcetre, Carol A Dab Art Consultants, Los Altos, California
A Tradition Continued: Reliief Prints, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, California
1997 Collectors Gallery Salutes KALA, Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, California
California Prints From Wood, Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, California
"Two Views" Gallery/Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
1996 California Prints From Wood, Oakland Museum Collector's Gallery, California
"Motion in Stillness", Gallery On the Rim, San Francisco, California
"Masters of the Media", Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California
"Paper Selected Works From the Collection" Kissmet Gallery, California
'95 Kala Institute Fellowship Exhibition, California
Kyoto University of Education 1 201h Anniversary Art Show, Kyoto, Japan
The 3rd kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Kochi, Japan
1995 "Japan Mukashi To ma", Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Costa Rica

Awards
2011
Purchase Award, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
2009
Cash Award, "PRINTED: A Juried Exhibition", Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California
First Place, Juried Artist Award, Contemporary 2009: Sculpture, the Art Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado
2008
Juror's Choice Award, ArtSpan Benefit Art Show and Auction, Electric Works Gallery, San Francisco, California
2006
First Place Award, Pacific Prints 2006, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, California
2005
Award of Excellence, "Impressions: Metric and Image", Alameda Art Center, Alameda, California
2003
Juror's Award, 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California
2000 University Art Center Award, Pacific Prints 2000, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, California
1999 The Blessing Semler Acquisition Award for The Art Collection of Pomona College, Montgomery Gallery
1997 Printmaking Award (3rd Place), The 7th KTEH Art Auction Exhibit, Triton Museum of Art, California
1996 Kyoto Art & Culture Association Director Award, 48th Kyoto Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
1995 Kala Institute '95 Printmaking Fellowship Award, Berkeley, California
1989 Superior Work Award, All Japan University f Printmaking Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan Kansai New Artist Award, Kansai Shinseisaku (New Production) Exhibition, Osaka, Japan

Collectors
Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California
Machida Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Pomona College, Montgomery Gallery, Claremont, California
Royal Museum of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Special Collection of Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California
St Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction, Colorado
The Art Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

About

Toru Sugita was born in Shiga, Japan. He obtained his Bachelor of Education in Art at Kyoto University of Education. A printmaker, Sugita works with light and shadow, describing places architecturally, creating space using intersecting diagonal lines. He is often moved by shapes and colours that may change or disappear in the next moment, "when sunlight touches an object in the afternoon", and tries to capture moments that affect him by expressing them through his work. Sugita works with the intaglio process, concentrating mainly on etching and aquatint, and feels he can express himself best through the graphic nature of black and white. His printmaking style primarily dealt with Japanese themes, but Sugita who has been living in San Francisco for the last several years now tends to be drawn to Californian scenery. "I hope my work is appreciated by as many people as possible. I love prolonged shadows, air and the time of 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and I want to capture the transiency or fragility of those things in my work. I want to convey what I felt to viewers. I would rather 'convey' than 'be understood'. For this reason, I want to create artwork as understandable as possible."

Artist Statement

I feel moved when sunlight touches an object in the afternoon and visualize the space around me. I walk out and wander around to observe shapes of shadows. I realize that shadows make spaces visible. I find myself in the spaces enjoying architecture delineated by sunlight. Buildings and their shadows are layered and blended together, creating momentary beauty of colors and shapes. These scenes are temporary, and will change or disappear in the next moment. They are very precious because their occurrence is the unique combination of a place, sunlight, and the precise moment I happen upon the scene like an eclipse.

I spontaneously use photography to capture visual information. What results are like quick sketches. The camera documents specific moments of ever changing shapes and spaces. Although capturing the moment is quick, when I create works of art, I choose time-consuming autographical method in transferring information from the photograph. During the process of depicting information, I become involved deeply and identify myself as a part of the space. I note that nothing is permanent and everything is constantly changing: light, cityscape, and myself.

I choose printmaking as my primary medium. The printmaking process is reminiscent of the relationship between light and shadow. Etching and aquatint help me express my interest in light and shadow by using their rich tones of black and white. The graphic nature of black and white leads me to lines and shapes found in architectural elements. Once I eliminated color from my work, I found myself drawn to the exploration of space itself. My work became about the physicality of three dimensional space.

In old architectural sites, the transient, ephemeral quality of light and shadow becomes palpable. I began to work with large-scale three-dimensional drawings by stretching ropes from one point to another in a selected outdoor space during afternoon light; in which the ropes/lines become a temporary extension of the ambient architecture. Once completed, I videotape the drawing/installation. I find myself exploring the space that I have created with my 3-D structures interacting with the momentary phase of the architecture. I document the way I perceive and understand the space while merging with it in the transient afternoon light.

January 2009


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