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Autistic artist offers special exhibition

Date Posted: 2011-09-09

A very special exhibition by a very special artist gets under way tomorrow at Gallery Premier in Chatan, a show with a plethora of Okinawa subjects captured as colorful computer art.

The exhibition featuring the works of Yusuke Namihira runs Friday through next Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except for the final day next week, when doors close at 5 p.m. Namihira’s “From Niraikanai” is a free exhibition and is open to the general public.

The 26-year-old Yusuke, born and raised in Okinawa’s Yomitan Village, was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of three years. As a child, Yusuke took an interest in computer paint programs and in his second year of high school began creating his own digital art. He has since developed his own distinct style as a computer graphic artist. The subject matter for his creations is largely the flora and fauna of his familiar Okinawan surroundings – the ocean, fish, turtles, crabs, etc.--fill his imaginative seascapes. Some charming, unusual combinations, such as depicting land animals in the underwater world so the fish can be friends with them, are both endearing and entertaining.

Yusuke also references cultural icons like Shurijo Castle, eisa dancers, and shisa lions in his works, proudly proclaiming his Ryukyuan roots and influences. His works have enjoyed acclaim at international exhibitions in the Netherlands and Switzerland, signifying the global appeal of Yusuke’s creations.

The Gallery Premier is located on Hwy 23, also known as Kokutai Doro, next to Wee Care and opposite the bright yellow DVD and book store along the southern border of Kadena Air Base. There is limited parking available at the venue. Samples of Yusuke’s works are on his website: http://yumesuke08.web.fc2.com/

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