IKEDA, Yoshiro

Creator

IKEDA, YOSHIRO
b. Japan, 1947-2014
Yoshiro Ikeda was a Japanese contemporary ceramic artist born in 1947 in Kagoshima, Japan. As a child, he was taught Zen meditation and calligraphy, which informed his future artistic endeavors. His artistic career started in 1970, when he received his BA in painting and drawing from Portland State University. He went on to work under avant-garde ceramist Yagi Kazuo in Kyoto City College of Fine Arts, and afterwards received his MFA in Ceramics in 1977 from UC Santa Barbara. Just one year later, he became a professor at Kansas State University's Department of Art, where he worked until 2012. Kazuo’s avant-garde influence is seen clearly in Ikeda’s ceramic work, as he was not afraid to experiment with asymmetricality, bold carvings, and nontraditional glazing techniques. His childhood experiences with Zen Buddhism as well as the rise of modernist formalism in the 1970s are also seen in his art, as his compositions tended to show geometric forms and large fields of brushstrokes. He died in 2014 in Oregon at the age of 67.

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IKEDA, YOSHIRO, b. Japan, 1947-2014, and Yoshiro Ikeda was a Japanese contemporary ceramic artist born in 1947 in Kagoshima, Japan. As a child, he was taught Zen meditation and calligraphy, which informed his future artistic endeavors. His artistic career started in 1970, when he received his BA in painting and drawing from Portland State University. He went on to work under avant-garde ceramist Yagi Kazuo in Kyoto City College of Fine Arts, and afterwards received his MFA in Ceramics in 1977 from UC Santa Barbara. Just one year later, he became a professor at Kansas State University's Department of Art, where he worked until 2012. Kazuo’s avant-garde influence is seen clearly in Ikeda’s ceramic work, as he was not afraid to experiment with asymmetricality, bold carvings, and nontraditional glazing techniques. His childhood experiences with Zen Buddhism as well as the rise of modernist formalism in the 1970s are also seen in his art, as his compositions tended to show geometric forms and large fields of brushstrokes. He died in 2014 in Oregon at the age of 67., “IKEDA, Yoshiro,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 25, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4690.