Rachel Hirabayashi

Rachel Hirabayashi

  • Biography

    Rachel is based in Cromwell, Central Otago, living in a 110-year old cottage with her dogs and a large garden. She is a full-time artist painting in acrylics and making sculptures out of metal. Living for some time in Japan and Mexico, which has strongly influenced her creative output, as does living in this unique, ancient environment of ours. The surfaces of her paintings are built up over time, of light glazes of colour alternating with opaque layers of paint. Rachel has a degree in Art History/Theory from the University of Otago.
    In the tabletop sculptures Hirabayashi provides the same quiet stillness that is synonymous with her paintings. Made from steel these braised intrigues are meant to gain a patina. The thin coating colouring their appearance is a way to evoke the weathered terrain of Hirabayashi’s home landscape in Central Otago. Even when rocked they return to a centred stillness.
    Born in Auckland 1965 but a traveller by nature Hirabayashi has lived in Japan and Mexico, travelled through the Americas, Europe and Asia but comes home to her beloved dogs in her fabulous cottage and garden in Cromwell. Her formal education was done at Otago University and is supplemented by regular trips in “Fordita” her camper van. From the drivers seat Hirabayashi gathers a headful of images that inform her daily making and painting.
    Rachel is part of a major Avis campaign across Australasia called the Art of Discovery. Check her youtube video
    https://youtu.be/7-ccOGI0fwM

Showing 1–60 of 108 artworks

Rachel Hirabayashi

Northern Southland, 2021
50 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas $1,500.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Overland, 2021
100 x 60cm Acrylic on canvas $2,250.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Poolburn Series, 2021
26 x 50 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas $1,300.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Poolburn, 2021
50 x 100 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas $3,200.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Lower Clutha, 2021
50 x 60 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas $1,850.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Home Coming, 2020
50 x 75cm Acrylic on canvas $2,200.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Our Land, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour $275.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Central Otago, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour $275.00

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer Series, 2021
14 x 25 x 2cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Overland Series, 2021
30 x 30 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Southland, 2021
38 x 75 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Flock Series, 2021
30 x 40 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under the Clutha, 2021
30 x 90 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Good Dg, 2021
20 x 25cm acrylic on cnavas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Apology Series, 2021
30 x 30 x 4cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneers, 2021
14 x 28cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under Sky Series, 2021
14 x 28cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Safe Haven, 2021
28 x 14cm acrylic on floor board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under Sky Series, 2021
50 x 100cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town, 2021
30 x 98cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Under the lake, 2021
74 x 100cm acrylic on canvas (reflection from light at top) Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Homecoming, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town #2, 2021
20 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock, 2021
25 x 20cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town 1, 2021
20 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Homecoming, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock, 2021
25 x 20cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Flock 1, 2021
20 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Cribs, 2021
15 x 20cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Homecoming, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Home, 2021
15 x 20cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Returning, 2021
15 x 20cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneers, 2021
20 x 15cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Plains House, 2021
20 x 25.5cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Undersky Series, 2020
50 x 100cm Acrylic on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer Series, 2020
20 x 15cm acrylic on board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer Series, 2020
20 x 15cm acrylic on board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer Series, 2020
20 x 25.5cm acrylic on board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer series (0075), 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Man and Dog, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Home is where the dog is, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Central Otago (0015), 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Apology series, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer series, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

The Clutha, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Southland Cribs, 2020
14.5 x 20.5cm watercolour Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer series, 2020
15 x 20cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Apology, 2020
20 x 25cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town, 2020
20 x 25cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Tui, 2020
80 x 27 x 17cm kinetic wire sculpture Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Miners Cottage, 2019
17 x 17 x 7cm Wired - welded Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Pioneer Series, 2020
30 x 90cm acrylic and glazes on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Gold Town, 2020
20 x 25cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Central Landscape, 2020
15 x 20cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Apology 1, 2020
15 x 20cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Apology, 2020
20 x 15cm acrylic and glazes on canvas board Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Coastal 1, 2015
40 x 52cm acrylic and glazes on canvas Sold

Rachel Hirabayashi

Beneath the Clutha
66 x 100cm acrylic and glazes on canvas Sold