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Yasuhisa Kohyama & William Wilkins

8 - 30 November 2017

Erskine, Hall & Coe is pleased to present Yasuhisa Kohyama & William Wilkins, which is open until the 30th of November.

Kohyama has played a very unique and significant role in reviving the use of the traditional Japanese ‘anagama' wood firing kiln, as he was the first potter in Shigaraki to build such a kiln since the Middle Ages.  He is also a contemporary master of the ancient practice of Sueki, a method that originated in southern China and which accounts for his unglazed yet glassy surface textures.  His works are inspired by ancient Japanese Shigaraki, Jomon and Yayoi ceramics, and are collected internationally and exhibited widely in Japan and overseas.  They are included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Wilkins, a British painter working in Wales and Venice, creates pictures which focus on luminosity and opacity.  Among other subjects, Wilkins has made still life painting a focus throughout his career, particularly on ceramics.  He has painted the work of Lucie Rie, George Ohr and, most recently, Yasuhisa Kohyama.

This exhibition comprises twenty-eight ceramics by Kohyama and four paintings by Wilkins depicting the work of Kohyama.  A catalogue accompanying the exhibition includes an essay by Emma Crichton-Miller.

In the autumn of 2016, filmmaker Cristobal Zanartu spent over two weeks at Kohyama's studio in Japan. For Zanartu, it was "one of the most enriching moments of my life," and enabled him to document the creative process of Kohyama including the firing and cooling of his Anagama kiln.  Next year, Zanartu will release an hour-long film about Kohyama, but for now a short excerpt can be viewed on our website.