The works of Onodera Hidekatsu rivet viewers’ attention in a matter of seconds. His motif is consistently a rat. Utilizing the enlarged motif of a single rat, a strangely humorous and small animal in real life, he executes his woodcarvings.
After earning his Master degree in art from Shinshu University and attending additional educational institutions, he continued to work on woodcarving while teaching at a high school located in Nagiso-machi and others as a lecturer from 2010 to 2015.
His work entitled “An Animal Melting into the Sky2” (2012) arouses the impression of a rat floating in the sky with its huge curling red tail. For this work, which is real in appearance and powerful in its presence, he was awarded the Excellent Work Award at the “31st Sompo Japan Award Exhibition.” This is the first display of an exhibition that gives the viewers an opportunity to see a series of works by the award-winner since 2007.
Ito Sachiho(Kiso-machi Board of Education)