Exhibition overview of “Yukio Shakunaga & Yo Shakunaga: Father and daughter”
Tim Huang, my friend and a board member of Speedy China, had urged me to go and see Mr. Shakunaga’s art in early 2020.
Tim and other successful businessmen in China greatly admire Steve Jobs.
The ceramic artist Yukio Shakunaga had continued to create works for Jobs for the last ten years of Jobs’ life.
For Tim and others, an artist whom Jobs loved must be someone amazing.
After learning about this, I immediately visited Toyama with Yoko Sakanoue to take a look at Shakunaga’s works, production site, and kiln. (See the following blog for what they looked like on March 6th, 2020)
It’s no wonder that Jobs had loved them so much! Shakunaga’s works are elegantly conceived and intricately produced. The jet-black bowls reminded me of the universe and the twinkling stars, while the reddish plates reminded me of the earth. I was totally captivated by the world of his ceramics.
Shakunaga then picked up a black platter with stunning curves and told me that he wanted to try making a larger work.
Ah, I wish I could exhibit his works at Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles!
That’s the thought running through my mind as I left the gallery.
P.S. I wasn’t expecting to see Yukio Shakunaga at the venue, and I apologize for visiting in such a casual summer vacation outfit!
“Yukio Shakunaga & Yo Shakunaga: Father and daughter”
Period: July 6th to 12th, 2021
Venue: Kakiden Gallery
Yasuyo Bldg. B2F, 3-37-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Aozora Bank on 1F)