Courtesy of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop –
Akio Takamori's figurative pottery is among the most distinctive in contemporary American and Japanese ceramics. Often characterized as a hybrid between Eastern and Western art, its fusion of Japanese graphic expression with the modern search for self-identity conveys an eroticism that is mischievously candid and optimistic without showing shock or embarrassment.
Takamori grew up in a small industrial town on Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. He studied at the Musashino Art College in Tokyo before apprenticing with a traditional folk potter producing utilitarian ware. He came to the United States in 1974, where he earned a B.F.A. under Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and an M.F. A. from Alfred University in 1978. Currently, Takamori is a Professor of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle.
"The innocent child feels anxiety and fear from the monkey on his head, though boy’s face projects his contemplative mind and isolated passive self. It is obvious that the monkey is not there to offer comfort to the child. Perhaps the monkey bears malice towards the child. The child realizes there is someone out there making his life difficult. Yet the world out there seems fascinating and curious."