Brantford in black & White

Rose Hirano

Brantford in Black & White

Rose Hirano called Brantford home from 1991 until 2007. She came to appreciate
the many historic buildings in the region, especially in the
downtown area. Not only was she much taken by the facades of the
structures, she also felt for the presence of people now and then.
She calls her enthusiasm for the downtown 'a love affair'.
Initially like many people in the city, driving along Colborne
Street is just a thorough-fare across town. So was the case for
many months after her move here. However, a chance stroll down its
empty sidewalk one Sunday morning changed her perception totally.
She came face to face with its architectural marvels. Having the
time to note many fine characters in stone and mortar, she finally
comprehended its real personality and quiet strength.
Since then, Rose Hirano was able to find endless inspiration from
the city's downtown core and beyond. 'When I see the crumbling
bricks, I see the hands which build them. When I see worn stone
steps, I see the feet which step on them - which have been going
on for many, many years.'


Each original work is first rendered in pen & ink.
The images are then silkscreened by the artist onto handmade Chinese rice paper using black ink.
Each edition numbers around ten to forty.

Grand Reminiscence
Silkscreen print of an original pen & ink drawing
Edition - 29    
Depicts the various club houses of the Brantford Golf and Country Club

Along Colborne
Silkscreen print of an original pen & ink drawing
Edition - 20     Framed Size: 15" x 36"

Colborne - Back View
Silkscreen print of an original pen & ink drawing
Edition - 18     Framed Size: 15" x 36"

A Series of eight black & white original silkscreen prints:
Image size: 8" x 11"     Framed size: 16" x 18"

Brantford Collegiate Institute
Edition: 42

Mohawk Chapel
Edition: 36
Her Majesty's Chapel of the Mohawks, built in 1785, is the first Protestant Church in Ontario. The white picket fence would be lost if left in front of the church. So it is moved up against the sky. This print was completed in 1998, the year when the bell was taken off the premise and was retrieved a few months later.

Post Office
Edition: 35
The lions by the front steps evoke fond childhood memories. From the children's perspectives: the building, the traffic lights and the flag pole all seem to loom over them while they crank their necks to look up.

Court House
Edition: 29
The artist took liberty with the perspective of the building to reveal both towers on either end of the building.

Train Station
Edition: 37
When one walks up to the main entrance of the train station and looks up, the view is dominated by the concentric curves of the top of the building, the mortar lines along its girth and the eaves. The artist rendered the panoramic view of both sides of the same building in order to show features of both facades. The water fountain is 'borrowed' from a historic photograph.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
Edition: 28
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is located in the Edmund Cockshutt Estate with its beautifully kept ground. There are a number of outdoor installations. The only way to do justice to this landmark is to superimpose the various features.

City Hall
Edition: 41
The grey concrete building may appear drab at first glance. It is exactly its lack of colour which may lead viewers to notice and appreciate its richness in form, curves, lines and texture. The skewed planes of the slabs in the water fountain and the pyramid add more interest to this visual feast.

Melville House: Bell Homestead
Edition: 120

Black & White
Medium: Silkscreen Print from a pen & ink original drawing
Image size: 7" x 11"      Framed size: 14" x 17"
Edition: 11

The white keys, while masquerading as various symphonic instruments also suggest letters of the name of Brantford, serenade their black counterparts.

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