Getting ‘Lost in Transition’


Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.45.23 AMLA GRANDE — Art Center East will open “Lost in Transition: Paintings by Hirofumi Glover” in the main gallery with a reception on May 5.

The reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through June 2. This exhibition features Glover’s acrylic paintings on canvas.

Without a formal art education, Glover learned to paint through trial and error, starting with decorative cabinets and tables he sold at his local farmers market in Salem. As his designs became more and more popular, Glover expanded to floor coverings, full-size doors and — encouraged by his customers and a group of friends who were also new to fine art painting — eventually canvas.

In search of subject matter, he looked to his surroundings and began painting horses inspired by the carousel at Salem’s Riverfront Park and Geishas based on dolls he’d watched his mother make when he was a child. Glover depicted both subjects with broad, exciting brush strokes and an appealingly bold color palette that brought these passive objects to life.

Impressed by a drive through the Willamette Valley, Glover next tried his hand at landscapes, painting big, nearly cloudless skies and the gentle valley floor in compositions that radiate with the calm of a summer’s day.

Since relocating to La Grande over four years ago, Glover has found the move to Eastern Oregon more disruptive to his work than anticipated. Originally intending to ramp up his output and sell paintings in the Willamette Valley art fair circuit, Glover took part-time work instead and put painting on the back burner.

Spurred by a McMinnville gallery’s request for a show of recent paintings in the fall of 2016, Glover dusted off his brushes and got to work, finding fresh subjects and color schemes emerging from his new surroundings.

“My brush strokes have gotten more detailed, deliberate, and the overall look is more subdued than before,” Glover said. “Some might call it darker, but I don’t necessarily see it that way.”

Glover has also revisited some of his previous themes — the horses and Geisha’s of his early days as a painter — but with new colors and brushstrokes, as if watching his work evolve before his own eyes.

“I’ve been going back to the familiar — back home — and finding that I don’t belong there anymore, which makes me more receptive to where I am now,” Glover said. “It’s a funny thing.”

Glover will exhibit his newest work at Arts Center East throughout the month of May. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Art Center East is located at 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. The gallery’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit or call 541-624-2800.

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