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Previous Exhibits

August 27–October 2, 2011
Mayuko Ono Gray: Japanese Calligraphy My Way

Cast pearls before swine,
graphite on paper
Courtesy the artist
and Hooks-Epstiein
Galleries, Houston

Mayuko Ono Gray’s new series of graphite drawings, Japanese Calligraphy My Way, features a combination of traditional Japanese calligraphy and Western drawing techniques. Beginning at age 6, Gray attended calligraphy school in Japan where she would be assigned “words” to copy from the master’s sample. There she learned to pay attention to the strokes, speed and pressure of the handling of the calligraphy brush, feeling and imitating the sensibility of the process that created the particular quality of the lines. “The ‘words’ used in Japanese calligraphy are usually poetic and resonate to the sensibility of ‘Haiku’—short and simple, but so much is contained within,” writes Gray. “For my works, I chose famous Japanese proverbs that I repeatedly heard growing up—which shaped my way of thinking or beliefs in my daily life as a youth, and also now they apply to my daily life in the U.S.”

Suspicious mind creates the dark monster, 2011
graphite on paper
Courtesy of the artist and
Hooks-Epstieiny Galleries, Houston

The exhibition will feature 4 large drawings representing the four seasons that combine Japanese proverbs entangled in what appear to be abstract vines or string. Works such as Minu ga hana… (2011), incorporate the Japanese proverb and its English translation: Flowers unseen, Flowers while waiting, Blissful ignorance (no more things beautiful than unseen). Gray has studied art in the United States since high school and is mainly a figurative artist. These abstract works in graphite on paper are a recent development in her work.

Gray received both a BFA and MFA in painting from the University of Houston. Her work was included in the group exhibition, The Drawing Room, at the Galveston Arts Center in 2008. She has had solo exhibitions at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, and Galeria 910, Oaxaca, Mexico. She will have a one-person exhibition at the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery at Lone Star College Montgomery in Conroe in October 2011.

What happened twice will
happen for the third time.
The truth comes out the
third time,
graphite on paper
Courtesy the artist and
Hooks-Epstiein Galleries,

Huckaby received her MFA in Photography from the University of North Texas in Denton. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston. In 1997 she studied under Lucy Mingo, a Gee’s Bend quilter in Boykin, Alabama. Her work has been shown at the South Dallas Cultural Center, Houston’s Project Row Houses, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, New Orleans Photo Alliance and Renaissance Fine Art Gallery, Harlem, New York.

Mayuko Ono gray is represented by Hooks Epstein Galleries