When Hisayuki Yamaie came to Tidewater Community College from Japan, he was a chef by training and a professional soccer player. He intended to study Business but was aware of his interest in art, perhaps reflecting his grandfather's work as a temple carver. After taking a drawing course, he began studying only fine art and stayed at the college for three years.
His interest in drawing and painting led him to serigraphy (silkscreen printmaking). The printmaking instructor gave Hisayuki a thorough education in composition and color printing techniques for silkscreen. He also introduced Hisayuki to professional presentation and marketing standards for exhibition.
While broadening his artistic repertoire with courses in drawing, painting, design and art history, Hisayuki worked independently, pushing his medium and honing his skills and techniques. Well before he returned to Japan, all of his friends and instructors knew that he was a printmaking prodigy.
In his third year of study at TCC, Hisayuki exhibited widely in Hampton Roads. He won Best in Show at two large outdoor venues and had his first exhibition at Art America Gallery. His exhibiting opportunities at Art America continued until the gallery closed. Over the twenty-seven years since his return to Japan, Hisayuki has visited the United States several times. Notably, the exhibition Radiant Silkscreens, held at the Visual Arts Center in 2002, marked his twentieth anniversary as a printmaker.
His career continues to unfold in Japan with commissions, print house productions, and as many as five annual gallery exhibitions. Hisayuki was awarded the Print Grand Prix in Kagawa in 1984, he printed in the studios at Tokyo University in 1986, and since 1984 he has held the Enterprise Calendar commission, a large scale, fine art production.
The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College manages his work in the United States. The Center currently holds 283 different editions, most of which are for sale. The price range for unframed prints is $150 to $450. Imagery includes regional, national and international sites. For more information, contact Shelley Brooks, Coordinator, Exhibitions & Arts Programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.822.1878.