About Artist

Rose Hirano came to Canada in 1972. She studied at University of Western Ontario and worked in Medical Microbiology after graduating.

She has been keenly aware of her passion for the arts in her teens. The opportunity came later in life. She started to paint after moving to Cochrane, Ontario in 1981. Living in a small town of 5,000 in the North was inspiring. However, it was also a daunting experience, due to the lack of peer groups and resources. She took weekend workshops with visiting artists in Timmins and Kirkland Lake.

Her early watercolours resonated with the simplicity of northern landscape. The move to Brantford in 1991 gave her the opportunity to explore the right vehicles to express her ideas. She eventually finds her ‘voice’ in printmaking: each one of her work is like a page from her visual journal – entries of personal contemplations and social issues using images instead of words.

She now works almost exclusively in reduction woodcut, a multi-inking process, printing from light to dark values using a single piece of wood. Each image averages ten to twelve colour layers. She has come to embrace this methodical and meditative process.

Hirano regularly exhibits her work in solo and juried exhibitions. She founded the annual Art Studio Tour in the Brantford area. She sat on the Brantford’s Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant Board of Directors for 10 years, and served a 4-year term on the Creative Art Advisory Board at Mohawk College in Hamilton.

She moved to Richmond Hill, Ontario in 2007 and maintains a studio gallery in the Village Core.

Her works are in private & corporate collections:
    Government of Ontario
    City of Brantford
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Wescast of Brantford
    Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre

Select Exhibitions:
2011 The Artist Project, Toronto
2010 Rebecca Gallery, Toronto
2009 The Artist Project, Liberty Grand, Toronto
2008 The Artist Project, Chicago IL, USA
2008 Toronto Outdoor Exhibition
2008 World Washi Summit, Toronto
2008 Juried Print Exhibition, John Aird Gallery, Toronto
2007 Juried Print Exhibition, John Aird Gallery, Toronto - Honourable Mention
2007 Toronto Outdoor Exhibition - Printmaking Award
2007 Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
2004-2008 Toronto Art Expo
2006 Carnegie Gallery
2006 Lighthouse Festival Gallery
2001-2004 Juried Exhibition, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
2001-2006 Brant Studio Tour
1999 ‘Aboveground’- Organized by the Hamilton Regional Art Council
1998 Juried Exhibition-Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville - Honourable Mention
1997 Juried Exhibition -Lambton Art Gallery, Sarnia
1995 Rosewood Gallery, Brantford
1991 Le Centre Regional de Loisirs Culturels in Kapuskasing
1990 Le Conseil des Arts de Hearst
1989 Timmins Museum: A National Exhibition Centre
1987 The Northern Ontario Art Association's 20th Graphic Show - Honorable Mention
1987 Juried Exhibtion -The Timmins Museum: A National Exhibition Centre - Honarable Mention
1985 The Northern Ontario Art Association 18th Graphic Show

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