HIROSHI SUZUKI –SILVER WAVES
A dynamic exhibition of silver vessels by internationally acclaimed Japanese silversmith Hiroshi Suzuki
Admission Free .....
.....Monday February 8 to Saturday March 6, 2010
Earth–Reki II, 2008
A MAJOR EXHIBITION of stunning silver vessels at Goldsmiths’ Hall celebrates the remarkable career of contemporary silversmith Hiroshi Suzuki. The title of the exhibition “Hiroshi Suzuki - Silver Waves” makes direct reference to the many waves, creases, rivulets, ripples and curves in the silver that are so synonymous with Hiroshi’s work. The exhibition, which is open to the public free of charge, runs from Monday February 8 to Saturday March 6, 2010.
Aqua-Posey VII, 2008
Japanese born Hiroshi studied metalwork at
Hiroshi specialises in hammering and chasing silver to produce large-scale decorative vessels which have been described as “a fluent expression of nature”. Using a hammer and considerable strength he coaxes and cajoles sheets of silver into shapes successfully creating an illusion that silver is as pliable as clay. Unusually instead of beating the metal over a cast iron stake he often forms the silver in the air. Consequently his vessels have an effortless, organic quality which is both sensuous and full of vigour. He says: “My work can be interpreted as the embodiment of an intuitive sense of organic abstraction, whilst alluding to functional tradition.”
In the ten years since graduating Hiroshi has
taken the silversmithing world by storm and his rise to prominence
has been as remarkable as his extraordinary hand-raised silver
It is not just the superlative skill of
his craftsmanship but the monumental size of the majority of his
pieces that makes his work so unique.
Avidly collected, he now has works in 27
major public collections across the globe including the Victoria and
Albert Museum, London, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and
the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide – a testimony to the
high esteem in which his work is considered.
Rosemary Ransome Wallis, Curator Collections at
Goldsmiths’ Hall first encountered Hiroshi in 1999 following his
She said: “I was immediately struck by
the dynamic presence of his work. His subsequent success
and considerable contribution to contemporary silver is that
ultimately it is Hiroshi’s poetry which defines his work. Working
within the Japanese tradition of the spirituality of natural
elements such as wind, fire and water, Hiroshi makes these
abstractions accessible to Western eyes through his sculptural
approach to his vessels.”
The range of Hiroshi’s work included in the exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall gives clear visual evidence of his development as a silversmith. In his early student pieces there are subtle hints of the shape of things to come – the odd ripple and wave here and there – while more recent works show how Hiroshi has now mastered the subtleties of exploring fluidity within a form and on a surface to create vessels of great beauty and timelessness.
All Hiroshi’s pieces have names which give an indication of their inspiration for example “Aqua-Poesy VII”, and “Ayawind II”, both from the Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection, as well as “M-Fire IV” and “Earth II” that complete the elemental theme.
The majority of the works on exhibition are in
silver, with a few early pieces in copper and other metals, however
one of the main show-stoppers is a recent piece “Aqua-Poesy XI Kin”
hammer-raised and chased in 22 carat gold.
The pieces have all been kindly loaned
by institutions, including the Goldsmiths’ Company and private
collectors, and several new works, made especially for the
exhibition will be unveiled for the first time at Goldsmiths’ Hall.
Hiroshi was recently appointed as a successor
to his former professor at
Hiroshi Suzuki at 50 is clearly riding high on the crest of a new silver wave!
M-Fire I, 2006
Height: 26cms Diameter: 21cms
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