Akio Takamori: Ceramic Sculpture, May 2 – June 3, 2000
Akio Takamori (1950–2017) was a seminal figure in ceramic art, whose work left an enduring impact on the Pacific Northwest arts scene—and even ceramic art as a whole—over the past thirty years. His work is often autobiographical, drawing on his life in Japan, his family, and mythological themes. He is known for his coil-built figurative sculptures in which the narrative painting defines the form. Takamori explored themes of cultural identity by engaging the history of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Bold form and color defines his body of work, which is highly expressive of human emotion and sensuality.
Takamori was born and raised in Japan, and moved to the United States in 1974. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978. Takamori lived in Seattle and worked as professor of art at the University of Washington. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia since the mid 1980s.
Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Racine Art Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Ariana Museum in Geneva; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011).
This 28-page softcover catalogue showcases work from a Garth Clark Gallery exhibition held May 2 through June 3, 2000, and has been signed by the artist.
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