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Duane Reed Gallery
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Akio Takamori


Takamori grew up in Kyushu, Japan. A seminal figure working in the ceramic arts for more than thirty years, Takamori continues to explore themes of cultural identity by engaging the history of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Bold form and color defines his body of work, which is highly expressive of human emotion and sensuality.

Takamori has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his work is represented in public collections around the world, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angels County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011). He made his home and studio in Seattle, Washington, where he was also professor of art at the University of Washington until his passing in January 2017.
Akio Takamori


1976-78 MFA, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1974-76 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Selected Exhibitions

2013  Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
          Collection Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris, France
          Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Mo
          James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012  Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland
          Barry Friedman Ltc, New York, NY
2011  James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010  Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2009  James Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
          Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York
          Witte Zaal, Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2007  Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2004  Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2003  Garth Clark Gallery, New York
2002  Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2001  Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2000  Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1999  Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA
1998  Robert Else Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA
          Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1997  European Ceramics Work Center, The Netherlands
          Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Public Collections

Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, AZ
Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK
Carnegie Institute Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Corporation Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
National Museum of History, Taipei, Republic of China
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Smithsonian Institute, Archives of American Art, New York, NY
University of Washington, School of Law, Seattle, WA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England


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