Artist Crush: Akio Takamori

Akio Takamori is a widely-recognized artist originally from Japan, now based in Seattle. I love Judith Schwartz‘ description of his sculptures as “loose billowy puffs of clay seeming to encapsulate air.” These figures all share the same illusion – that they’re made of something else besides ceramics. It is also intriguing that Takamori makes a habit of showing asian figures in historical European clothing full of pomp and presige.

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Alice in Black Dress, Little Alice_ Akio Takamori

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akio takamori_girl in a red striped dress

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Akio Takamori_boy girl

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AkioTakamori_Girl in Red Dress

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Images via Kunstforum, Ferrin Gallery, and James Harris Gallery.

5 Comments

  1. I am enamored by his work, especially a statue that resides in Seattle’s Swedish First Hill Hospital lobby. I’ve spent far too much time in that place watching after my mom but his work always seemed to calm me. Love your blog. Love Buy Some Damn Art. Thank you. Kindly, Mandy

  2. Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for all the love! The installation in Seattle looks amazing! I hope to see it in person one day. For that matter any of Takamori’s work.

    My best, Kate

  3. wonderful work! love these too:)! new faves, thank you for introducing us to all this goodness! T&S

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