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Sueharu FUKAMI

Japan born 1947

Scene II 2004
Collection Title: Scene series
Place made: Kyoto, Kinki, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
Materials & Technique: ceramics, porcelain with celadon glaze; mikiage stone stand; copper-plated stainless steel stand and mounts porcelain: pressurised slipcasting Edition: 8/8

Edition Notes: Scene II was created in 2000.
Dimensions: 180.0 h x 43.0 w x 41.0 d cm stand 7.5 h x 43.0 w x 41.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Acquired with funds donated by Raphy Star
Accession No: NGA 2005.590.A-B
Image rights: Photographer: Takashi Hatakeyama

The taut curvature and flawless seihakujipale blue celadon glaze of this blade-like porcelain form shows Sueharu Fukami’s absolute mastery over a demanding material. He casts the work, using high-pressure deposition of porcelain slip into plaster moulds, to achieve the flawlessness of surface and density of material that are central to the realisation of the fluid imagery of his minimalist forms. Fukami’s background is in the production of porcelain tablewares, but he looks further back to the earlier technological achievements of the Chinese Song Dynasty, particularly its refined, blue-glazed yingqing ceramics, as a point of reference for his work. With its precise, translucent edges Scene II cleaves the air with silent authority, energising its surrounding space with the cool presence of a wind-borne leaf or feather.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The taut curvature and flawless seihakuji celadon glaze of this form shows Sueharu Fukami’s mastery over a demanding material. He casts the work, using high-pressure deposition of porcelain slip into plaster moulds. Fukami looks back to the earlier technological achievements of the Chinese Song Dynasty, particularly its refined, blue-glazed yingqing ceramics, as a point of reference for his work. With its precise, translucent edges, Scene II cleaves the air with silent authority, energising its surrounding space with the cool presence of a wind-borne leaf or feather.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design