R.B. STEVENSON GALLERY is pleased to announce the exhibition “Nature or Nurture” featuring new sculptures by San Diego artists Joanne Hayakawa and Jeff Irwin. The Opening Reception for the artists will be on Saturday February 1st. from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibition will remain on view thru February 29, 2020.
Joanne Hayakawa was born in Pasadena, California. She has exhibited her work nationally and has had several solo exhibitions; her pieces have also been included in several books. She began as a ceramist, and her work has evolved into the incorporation of many media including sound and moving parts. In her creative process, many questions are asked and mysteries are pursued, all the while pairing unlikely counterparts in order to create the possibility of empathy for the external environment. She is an object maker who reminds us that all things are affected by their environment. Hayakawa was an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a graduate student at the University of Washington. She is currently a Professor Emerita at San Diego State University.
Jeff Irwin was born in Long Beach, California in 1954, Irwin obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Humboldt State University and a Master of Fine Arts from San Diego State University. His work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX; and the Wustum Museum, Racine, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Ireland. Currently living in San Diego, Irwin is a retired Professor in the Ceramics Department at Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA, having taught there from 1989 to 2017. He has exhibited extensively in the US and Internationally.