(Image: Stuart Nakamura, Domestic Dialogues The Point, 1990, compressed charcoal on Arches, 29 x 41 x 1 inches; © Stuart Nakamura)
Stuart Nakamura (b. 1953, Hawaii)
As an artist currently working in the public art realm, my background in drawing and painting go back to an appreciation of shapes, forms, texture, pattern, and composition as key elements which help me respond to thematic concepts to convey emotional or psychological messages in my figurative work. The human form has been the focus of expressing content, especially in my charcoal drawing series, “Domestic Dialogues,” and “Swimmers.”
The former is a study of dynamic tensions often between two people which began as random observations of the interaction between people in public situations, and then dramatized through altered poses and environmental situations in the drawings. The play of light and shadow, plant shapes, and minimalist backgrounds accentuate the content matter; in some cases the environment suggests the figures are placed in arboretums, which always held my interest for its white-washed window panes and the resulting natural lighting.
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