Sous le Ciel de Paris
Featuring Chizuru Morii Kaplan
24 April–23 May 2021

Watercolor on Arches paper of Paris's quintessential architecture by Chizuru Morii Kaplan titled "Paris Grace II." Watercolor on Arches paper of a statue in the foreground and segment of the Louvre in the background, lit by spotlights in the dark, by Chizuru Morii Kaplan titled "Night Louvre." Watercolor on Arches paper of an angled view of Notre Dame's rose window and tower by Chizuru Morii Kaplan titled "Rose Window III." 

HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Sous le Ciel de Paris, a solo exhibition of the exquisitely articulated watercolors of Chizuru Morii Kaplan. Originally trained as an architect, Kaplan channels the profession’s zeal for precision and perspective into saturated renderings of worlds worth inhabiting.

Whereas architectural drawings typically propose hypothetical futures, Kaplan relishes the present and demonstrates the intense mystery and magic of our existing structures. With an architect’s eye, she extols every eave, bevel, and cornice. Buildings become subjects and sculptures come alive. Places are personas.

Paris, Manhattan, Venice. These are Kaplan’s paramours. She depicts them as an artist illustrates an unassuming and unnoticed glimpse of a lover: her profile, her shoulder, the curve of her neck in the rain-filtered sunlight. Kaplan transmits the allure and seduction of an intimate encounter onto a portion of architectural relief. Her paintings are portraits.

The most angular edifices become supple under her gaze. Rooftops drip and stone melts. It is like falling in love all over again with the simple reflection of your sweetheart. Grandeur leaks. Elegance seeps. Light and shadow unravel into trailing vines of vision. The artist’s partial vistas of buildings and monuments encourage viewers to imagine the entire vantage and engulf her audience. And all the while, they ripple.

Kaplan’s mastery of the watercolor medium is mesmerizing. Life becomes light and ledges lissom. Her works convey the accuracy of a photograph through the bubbling movement of drenching rain. Her sublime waterworlds cannot be still. They dance. And, like the best music, you lose yourself in them.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to

Paris Grace II, watercolor on Arches paper, 26″ x 26½” (66 x 67cm)
Night Louvre, watercolor on Arches paper, 52″ x 60″ (132 x 152cm)
Rose Window III, watercolor on Arches paper, 52″ x 70″ (132 x 178cm)