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Mr Vasenoir Akira Murata – Japan – 2017 Artist-in-Residence – Yaroomba Design Centre – Qld Australia

August 26 - August 27


We ‘Celebrate’ Our 2nd Year of Artist-in-Residence from the 24 August to 3rd September 2017!

Fish Lane Studios Limited and Sekisui House are unpacking the chairs and tables to get the –

Yaroomba Sekisui House Design Centre – ready for action!

Profile of the Artist:

Akira Murata (Japanese, b. January 1955)

“As a child,  growing up in Koriyama City, Fukushima, he loved nature in all its beauty, and was happy to be outdoors in the lush nature that surrounded his home. He also very much enjoyed  arts and crafts, creating with his hands, throughout his early years.  After completion of his general schooling, Murata attended Tokyo Zokei University, but left to pursue a more creative career in design. He graduated from Nihon Designer College, specializing in fashion. During this period he won many distinguished awards for his designs including the Grand–Prix NDS Japan Fashion Illustration 1977. Although he was a successful  businessman, managing a fashion goods company in Tokyo, his innate passion for painting inevitably drew him back to the canvas.

Although his subjects vary, many of his  paintings are  inspired by the natural surroundings of his home town and by the great Impressionists, Monet, Degas and Renoir.

Since devoting himself to his art, Murata continues to exhibit in both  Tokyo and Paris with numerous  successful exhibitions  for his oils, pastels and water colors.

Murata has always dreamed of owning his own building dedicated to the arts. It would be a place where art lovers and collectors could gather. In June of 2009 his dream,  “Vasenoir” was completed. On entering the building, you can find  his personal atelier (studio) and a charming Parisian style café. The second floor of the building houses a large ballet studio.

Akira Murata is in private collections worldwide and 2012 marked the year his superb art became available for acquisition in the United States.”

As Artist-in-Residence in Australia!

We would like to think that we will give Mr Murata the freedom of our gorgeous Sunshine Coast – to explore and be inspired for some of the 10 Days of his Art Residency.  We will take him to the hinterland and also to the coastal beaches to absorb the colours and unique flora and fauna of our Australian coastline!

Mr Murata will bring to the Sunshine Coast a whole new series of ‘Pastels’ and techniques for you to explore – overlaying his specially designed and created Japanese ‘Jesus’ Pastels onto water colour based images allows him to create a multi layered depth to his works on paper!

If you are a keen water colourist/pastel painter and always keen to try new techniques you will be able to be part of a hands on

Workshop with Mr Murata – on the Weekend of –

26 – 27th August ’17 – 10am to 4pm

Created in Japan, Mr Murata’s Atelier and a cosmetic company worked together to create the range of pastels.

As an artist and curator, I am really looking forward to working with Mr Murata over the Workshop days …. when I asked him why they are called ‘Jesus Pastels’ he shows a great sense of humour which all of us as Artists can appreciate – He says ……… These pastels admirably cover shortcomings of watercolor……help me! If I scream, these will help me!! (Like Jesus Christ…)!!!

They ‘pastels’ are made of pure pigment, with no unnecessary mediums and additives. This pastel is soft pastel and is water soluble.

Jesus Pastel come in two different types:
  • Transparent pastel….It is a harder medium ….When it dissolves in water it turns into transparent watercolor.
  • The second kind is said to be Maquillage…..This is a soft pastel that is light, smooth and excellent in coloring.   My team of ateliers developed together with a cosmetic company ……. so we are in for a treat!

Travel to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia where
you will find endless days of sunshine and clear blue skies!

The Sekisui Design Centre at Yaroomba – is located close to the main centre of Coolum Beach.

You are able to fly into the Sunshine Coast Airport from Sydney or Melbourne, so if you are an international traveler book your ticket to Sydney or Brisbane and you will be on the Sunshine Coast before you know it!

Connecting buses travel from the Brisbane Airport almost on an hourly basis.

We recommend Motels in Coolum Beach as the closest spot to rest for the night –

These include:     Coolum Caprice:    Baywatch Coolum Beach Resort:

The tickets for the Workshop are available below

please scroll down and select a number of tickets to book and you will be taken to our secure booking site on Eventbrite.

The Workshop includes morning, afternoon teas and lunch catered for – with ample tea and coffee available as well.

Bring your own paints/pastels, mediums and brushes – we will supply 2 full sheets of heavy cotton rag watercolour paper and there will be more available to purchase if you would like to try another piece.

Of Course – we will have some of Mr Murata’s ‘Jesus’ Pastels available for you to try – and buy if you fall in love with them as a medium!

(EFTpos will be available – no cash sales please!)

Thanks go to our Supporting Sponsors















Fish Lane Studios Limited
Sekisui House


Yaroomba Design Centre – Queensland Australia 4573
1443 David Low Way
Yaroomba, Queensland 4573 Australia
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