When asked if these recent developments will have an impact on his work, Shirasu stated, “Yes. My work is exhibited at ArcLight Cinema Beach Cities until January 9th. Some of those pieces strongly show my emotions within. I created 9 pieces in 3 weeks. They are all on hand stretched canvases. The last three pieces were created in one night. It was so powerful during the creation process that after the second piece, I nearly fainted.”
According to Shirasu’s website, in 1997, after receiving a degree in Architecture from Chubu University, he moved to California. He earned a Master’s degree in Studio Arts from California State University, Los Angeles in 2004. He has participated in numerous studio and commercial projects in Los Angeles, including LA Art Show 2010 at Los Angeles Convention Center, an exhibitions at The Art Brewery and painting murals for American Apparel. Nori is also a teacher of Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e, and leads workshops in these traditional Japanese Arts at many area museums and schools. Shirasu is also an accomplished dancer and performance artist. He draws on his nationality, experiences in America and love of jazz music and dance as an inspiration for his fine art.
This weekend Shirasu calls upon supporters for help. “I will be having a fundraiser event at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena this Saturday November 10th from 2:00-4:00pm. The money we raise will be used for my immigration processing fees, lawyer fees, plane tickets and so on. If you could please join us, or if you could give a donation in exchange for one of my paintings, I would greatly appreciate it,” Shirasu said.
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