Hirayama Ikuo Painting Work

White-haired Prof. Maeda Seison

  • Hirayama Ikuo
  • 1991
  • Water color
  • 31.5×24.0cm

Failed. Professor Maeda is also a very strict person. Hirayama was taught in the very beginning that "One may be poor but shall never paint for money" and "Do not stop pratice just because you are too busy". Once, Professor Meada and Hirayama Kaoruo went to the museum to paint armour. At the beginning, professor Meada was concentrated and continued to paint. Then he discarded those he thought unnecssary. Every stroke of his painting conveyed a lot of efforts and determination which impressed Mr.Hirayama. By professor Meada's recommendation, Mr.Hirayama participated in the autumn tryout for the public exhibition held by the Japanese Art Museum that year. Just like his graduation project, it is still a portrait with the Seto Inland Sea as the background. For he have had the summer training, he still thought it would be fine due to professor's recommendation, though he was aware of his lack of practice. However, he failed for being too naive. It was just like in a boxing game where you lose on the first round in a few seconds. This is a lesson that Mr.Hirayama never forgot.