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

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  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    The Flock
    20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
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    The Flock
    25 x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    The Flock 1
    20 x 25 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
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    Cribs
    15 x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
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    Homecoming
    20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Home
    15 x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Returning
    15 x 20 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
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    Pioneers
    20 x 15 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Plains House
    20 x 25.5 cm Acrylic on canvas board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Undersky Series
    50 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas $3,200.00
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    Pioneer Series
    20 x 15 cm acrylic on board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Pioneer Series
    30 x 42.5 cm acrylic on board $1,200.00
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Pioneer Series
    20 x 15 cm acrylic on board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Pioneer Series
    20 x 25.5 cm acrylic on board Sold
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Home Coming
    50 x 75 cm acrylic on canvas $2,200.00
  • Rachel Hirabayashi

    Under the Lake
    75 x 50 cm acrylic on canvas $2,200.00