Kensuke Fujiyoshi at Sladmore Contemporary
Sladmore Contemporary exhibits work by master ceramicist Kensuke Fujiyoshi, whose pieces are based on the inherited Japanese culture known as hizen-touji, the technique of porcelain making which has been based in the northern part of Kyushu for hundreds of years. Also previewing Made in Korea, an exhibition of Korean contemporary ceramics 4-28 May at The Ceramic House, Brighton, transferring to Sladmore 12–28 July.
Sladmore Contemporary is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of work by master ceramicist Kensuke Fujiyoshi. His ceramics are based on the inherited Japanese culture known as hizen-touji, the technique of porcelain making which has been based in the northern part of Kyushu for hundreds of years. Called ‘Old Amari ’ or ‘Arita’ ware, it is widely recognized for it’s blue under glaze and exquisite levels of rusty reddish-orange and brilliant gold decoration : gnarled trees, cranes, courtesans in intricately patterned kimonos. It was exported to the West in the eighteenth century, and copied by Meissen in Germany and Spode in England.
Fujiyoshi’s pieces are often decorated with similarly intricate patterns. He produces traditional Japanese porcelain tableware, but is gaining notoriety for his special brand of miniature figurines, sculptures and boxes in fine porcelain. There is an overriding warmth and wit in his work - the intricate decoration and exquisite sculpting in porcelain has to be seen to be believed.
Sladmore was founded in 1965, and is one of the world's leading sculpture dealers, with two London galleries in Mayfair and St James welcoming browsers, collectors, enthusiasts and newcomers who share their interest in making and the reassuring touch and feel of the artist’s hand in an object. Exhibition runs 03 May 2017 - 19 May 2017.
Myung Nam An is gaining global recognition for her wall-based sculpture. Creating meticulous one-off pieces in coloured earthenware, her work draws on abstracting appropriated images from the world around her. Jin Eui Kim studies the illusory effects of the application of tonal bands to three-dimensional surfaces. A multi-award winner, his work sits in collections around the world. Kay Aplin’s work responds to place due to a legacy of creating sculptural work for the public realm for over 20 years. Her tile based wall reliefs have been inspired by a recent visit to Korea, in particular the botanical references in traditional Korean ceramics. The complete works will be unveiled at Sladmore in July.