Sueyoshi Building Rock Garden at Mobile Museum of Art

Posted on: October 14th, 2015

Sueyoshi Building Rock Garden at Mobile Museum of Art

Exhibition on View November 13, 2015 – May 15, 2016

MOBILE, Ala., Oct. 14, 2015 – Cameron Art Museum Artist in Residence Hiroshi Sueyoshi will rebuild his Rock Garden at the Mobile Museum of Art, opening November 13, 2015. Sueyoshi first created the Zen-inspired Rock Garden at the Wilmington, NC, art museum in 2014 for a 40-year perspective on his life’s work as an artist.

“I think coming from very functional pottery-making in Japan to more sculptural oriented clay work here in the U.S. made me explore the relationship between craft and art,” Sueyoshi said.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Sueyoshi studied at Tokyo Aeronautical College and Ochanomizu Design Academy prior to becoming an apprentice with Daisei-Gama and Masanao Narui, in Mashiko, Japan in 1968. He came to the United States in 1971 to help design and build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro, NC. He continued his studies and work in 1973 with Teruo Hara of the Kobo Group in Warrenton, VA.

“I believe my inspiration is rooted in my Japanese aesthetic background which often reflects nature in art. My work depicts landscapes, movement, and harmony between nature and human forms,” the ceramicist said. “I enjoy creating tension between inside and outside spaces, which draws me to the challenge of creating vessels as sculptural forms.”

Since 1973 Sueyoshi has lived in North Carolina. He has worked at Seagrove Pottery as a production potter and at the Sampson Community College in Clinton as a pottery instructor. From 1976 to 1980 he worked as a visiting artist at Wilson County Technical Institute and at Cape Fear Community College in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Sueyoshi currently lives in Wilmington, NC, where he is the artist in residence at the Louise Well Cameron Art Museum.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally.  His works are in many private, corporate and institutional collections around the country including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute.

In addition to ROCK GARDEN, five other, new American exhibitions will open at the Museum on November 13, 2015:

  • John Cerney: SELFIE
  • size MATTERS
  • Raine Bedsole: YOU ARE THE RIVER (Site Specific Installation Series)
  • AMERICAN ART: 1945 to the Present
  • A PASSION FOR THE PAST: New Acquisitions from the Schoenknecht~Paul Collection, Part I