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Cherry Red Leaf
Shota Suzuki
Item Number:B17303
Mon. - Fri. : 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. | Saturdays by appointment

* Please note that the gallery will close on the 23rd of December 2017 for the Christmas holiday, and re-open on the 26th of December.

Opening Reception with Shota Suzuki:
Thursday, December 7, 6 - 8 p.m.

Ippodo Gallery is pleased to present Shota Suzuki (b. 1987), in his first ever solo exhibition outside Japan this December. The works speak for themselves, just as nature does: Suzuki’s work celebrates the beauty of nature as the seasons change, thus this winter showcase will provide a window into the beauties of fall and spring, as well as a warm respite from the cold.

Shota Suzuki’s metalworks capture the essence of nature, just before the winds of change erase precious, ephemeral moments. From the seeds of a dandelion about to float away on the breeze to the faint scent of the cherry blossom just before it falls, Suzuki’s work has a breathless quality, functioning almost as a time capsule for mother nature. In these pieces, the dual delicacy and tenacity of life is revealed.

Suzuki studied botany from childhood, and the art of metalwork at university. His intensity and scholastic approach to a love of plants has resulted in an attention to detail in his pieces so realistic that they blend in with real leaves and blooms. Yet despite this careful approach, the fascination still feels effortless. In their imitation of the natural world, it is as if they encourage us all to be more natural.

Suzuki works from a studio situated amid the temples of Kyōto's Kaneichō in Higashiyama Ward, the former home of the foundries which produced temple bells. From his desk, he shapes leaves, nuts, and flowers from the metal, taking the natural world from fleeting to eternal.

At just 30 years old, Suzuki completed his metal course at the Tohoku University of Art and Design in 2010, and pursued research there in 2011. That year he received a prize in excellence for jewelry from the Itami International Contemporary Craft Exhibition. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum twice, at the Yamazaki Mazak Museum in Aichi, Japan, at the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art in Miyagi, Japan, and in galleries in Seoul, Edinburgh and Munich.

Ripples & Blooms : Metal Works by Shota Suzuki from Shoko Aono on Vimeo.

About the Artist
1987 Born in Miyagi Prefecture
2010 Graduated from Metalcraft course, Faculty of Arts,Tohoku University of Art and Design
2011 Graduated from Metal research student of Metalcrafts course, Tohoku University of Art and Design

2011 Received an excellent prize at Itami International Contemporary Craft Exhibition -Jewellery-

Solo exhibitions:
2015 Secret garden (Pragmata, Tokyo)
2016 Junkan (Circulation) (Seikado, Kyoto)
2017 Shota Suzuki Metal Work Exhibition (Ippodo Gallery Tokyo)

Selected group exhibitions:
2010 Binabi Exhibition (Roppongi Hills Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo)
2012 - Omoi o tsunagu - (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
2013 A Forest Dream, Memories of the Summer (Yamazaki Mazak Museum, Aichi, Japan)
- Omoi meguru - (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
2014 JAPANNED!! (Gallery Ten, Edinburgh, UK)
2016 Tobu tori (Great Vigor), Group Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Japanese Artists (Ippodo Gallery Tokyo)
OHAKO (Micheko Galerie, Munich, Germany)
Nichinichi kore kounichi (Every day is a good day) (Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan)
2017 Tobu tori (Great Vigor), 2nd Group Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Japanese Artists (Ippodo Gallery Tokyo)
Revive (Chungmu Arts Center, Seoul, Korea)
Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art (Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo)

"I get inspiration from "nature's display". For example, when you walking on the road, you see a single flower blooming on road.
The way wind blows petals or leaves, a water drop falling from a tree into a paddle on the ground causing ripple.
I would like you to feel the strong vitality of nature from my works.
What I always keep in my mind when I create these pieces is to pursue the real expression of metal material, which is real and not real.
I woul like to combine the energy and softness that both metal and plants have and put them into my works."