Hiroki Morinoue - Stone Anchor
American, b.1947
Stone Anchor, 2003
Color woodcut, 12.25 x 50.25 inches
Edition 22/30
Shark's Ink

Gift of the Global MBA Class of 2004

Hiroki Morinoue studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received his BFA degree. Morinoue spent time in Japan studying with a Master woodblock printer. The skills he acquired in this intense pursuit are evident in the direct, elegant, and fluid woodcuts and monotypes Morinoue has made at Shark's. In all of Morinoue's work there is a compelling sense of place--the ocean shoreline, lava flows and Japanese gardens. He is a patient observer of nature, its rhythms, cycles and patterns, and these observations become poetic images in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and prints.
Hiroki Morinoue has shown widely in the United States and Japan. He has completed several major public art commissions, including projects at the Honolulu Public Library, and the Hawaii Convention Center. Morinoue's work is represented in the collections of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Honolulu Academy of Arts; The National Parks Collection, Maryland; Ueno No Mori Museum, Tokyo and others.

Hiroki Morinoue's woodcut Stone Anchor captures the reflections on water and the play of light on the stones lying beneath it’s surface. Morinoue lives in Hawaii and his work comes from observations of his environment. The composition of Stone Anchor breaks the images into abstract patterns reminiscent of kimono fabrics. Morinoue’s skill in cutting the intricate woodblocks and the overlaying of the colored inks and grain of the woodblocks, creates a rich, fabric-like weave of texture.