湯原和夫 Kazuo Yuhara
About the Artist
Born in 1930 in Tokyo, Kazuo YUHARA graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he studied sculpture. In 1962, he won the grand-prize with the scholarship of studying abroad at the Competition of Maruzen Oil Foundation, Tokyo, and left for Paris the next year, where he worked until returning to Japan in 1980. His sculptures during his earlier days as an art student were figurative. After his return, his works transformed into cold minimalist abstract style, presenting the nature and texture of the materials and manifesting metaphysical meaning.
The works created during this residency program were based on some of my new concepts on experimental expression of space; the works not only can be admired, visitors can also enter into the spaces and try to discover the shared perceptions of spirit and body. Even though everyone knows that art is an intellectual product, I personally try to explore our existences, and the desires of human nature, through materials that really exist.