Monday, September 7, 2015

Mayor's Arts Award: Akio Takamori


Akio Takamori’s work is unmistakable. Like watery sumi drawings sprung to life, his ceramic figures are painted with unfired glaze that drips down flushed cheeks and splashes elbows and knees. His subjects range from Japanese villagers to figures snatched from the canons of art history—like the famous, pannier-clad princess from Velazquez's "Las Meninas." With ethereal frailty, his characters teeter between caricature and spectre, as white and weightless as air, yet weighted with immense, earthen gravity. In response to receiving the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts & Innovation, Takamori praises the community that shaped him with characteristic generosity.

Akio Takamori’s work is unmistakable. Like watery sumi drawings sprung to life, his ceramic figures are painted with unfired glaze that drips down flushed cheeks and splashes elbows and knees. His subjects range from Japanese villagers to figures snatched from the canons of art history—like the famous, pannier-clad princess from Velazquez's "Las Meninas." With ethereal frailty, his characters teeter between caricature and spectre, as white and weightless as air, yet weighted with immense, earthen gravity. Full Article here.