Yusuke Takemura

Yusukés innovative methods are a daring fusion of traditional technique with contemporary knowledge that he has developed to translate ideas concerning human experience, history and place. His intriguing, poetic forms are subtle investigations of making the invisible world visible that belie the technical virtuoso of the artist.

 ‘My current project is focused on self-confirmation(exploration), and asking myself what is me. Clear glass is a very mysterious material, yet, it is a perfect material for me to work on.

I overlap the mysterious feeling over seeing solid clear glass and thinking about my mind that seeing solid clear glass doesn’t give you the solidness of glass, its almost weightless, whilst my mind seems like existing but what I see is just my body(shell), not my mind.’

Yusuke completed his Bachelor degree in glass from Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts. Whilst in Japan under the guidance and training of internationally renowned glass artist Toshio Lezumi he developed a highly skilled technique of glass surface treatment and cutting. In 2009 Yusuke continued his studies in Australia completing a Masters Degree from The University of Sydney. During this concentrated period of studio research he honed his highly specialised skill of cutting precarious organic shapes through fragile glass forms.

His work has been exhibited at SOFA Chicago 2011 -2016 with Kirra Galleries and has participated in many exhibitions both in Australia and Japan. He currently works in Canberra ACT where he continues to develop his technique. He was invited to demonstrate at the GAS (Glass Art Society) conference on Murano, Venice May 2018.

Born Osaka, Japan 1983

Education / Training

2017 – Current
Master of Philosophy in Glass (MPhil), Australian National University (ANU), ACT, Australia

2013
Internship in Sculpture – Teaching Assistant (Mentors/Referees: Jane Gavan and Andrew Lavery),
Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2009
Masters of Studio Art (MSA), Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2002 – 2006
Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Kurashiki, Japan

2001
Skills and Practices in Glass, Glass Studio YAMAMURA, Kobe, Japan

Exhibitions

2018
Symbiosis: China and Australia Edge Glass Art Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Shift in Japanese Materiality, Japan Foundation Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2017
Kaiso, Galerie Koo (Solo), Hong Kong
I-shi Prize, Nominated, Okayama City Museum, Okayama, Japan
Hindmarsh Prize, Finalist, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Virtuoso II, Kirra Galleries, VIC, Australia

2016
Affordable Art Fair – Hong Kong, Represented by Galerie Koo, Hong Kong
Art16, Represented by Galerie Koo, London
Land, Sea & Sky, Kirra Galleries, VIC, Australia
Exhibition, Galerie Koo, Central, Hong Kong

2015
SOFA Chicago 2015, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA
Craft, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2014
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Arts & Crafts Design Award, Finalist, Karojba, Croatia
Ranamok Glass Prize 2014, Finalist, Touring Australia
SOFA Chicago 2014, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA
Kirra Illumination Glass Award, Finalist, VIC, Australia
Narrative in glass, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2013
SOFA Chicago 2013, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA
The Third Dimension, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2012

SOFA Chicago 2012, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA
Unity, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia (Solo)
Director’s Choice Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Beauty Revealed, BMW Chatswood, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2011
SOFA Chicago 2011, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA
Ranamok Glass Prize 2011, Finalist, Touring Australia
Ausglass Members Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Light in Winter Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2010
What you see What you believe, Solo Exhibition, ESP Gallery, Marrickville, NSW, Australia
Ranamok Glass Prize 2010 Finalist, Touring Australia
The Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 2010, The Vanishing Point Gallery, Newtown, NSW, Australia
BSG Small works prize 2010 Finalist, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2009
Launch’09, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Edition, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Post Graduate Degree Show, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2008
Shaping Perspectives, Horus and Deloris Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hot Shop, Addison Road Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2006
Graduation Exhibition, Kurashiki University of Science and the Art, Kurashiki, Japan
Kurashiki Light Contest, Kurashiki, Japan
Five Artists in Glass, Faust Gallery, Kochi, Japan – Kurashiki Light Contest, Kurashiki, Japan

2005
Third Year Group Exhibition, Studio Ivy, Kurashiki, Japan

2004
Japan Craft Contest, Tokyo, Japan

Awards / Grants

2014
Japan Foundation New York, Grant for Arts & Culture, Japan Foundation New York, U.S.A

2011
The Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize, Ausglass Conference, Australia
The Sabbia Gallery Exhibition Award, Ausglass Conference, Australia

2008
2008 NAVA Ignition Prize, Professional Practice, Australia

2006
Kurashiki Light Contest, Second Best Award, Japan

2005
Kurashiki Light Contest, Award for Fine Work, Japan

2004
Japan Craft Contest, Award for Fine Work, Japan

Featured Collections / Selected Publications
2018
SBS radio interview, Japan Foundation Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2016
National Glass Art Gallery, National collection, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

2014
Glass Art Society, Journal, 2014
ABC News, live interview on TV, Australia

2013
Art Guide Australia January/February, Australia
Craft Arts International Issue 89, Australia

2012
ART WALL Issue2 2012, Shanghai, China

2011
SOFA Chicago 2011, Chicago, U.S.A
Ausglass, Newsletter February 2011, Australia
Nichigo Press, November 2011, Australia

2010
Your Style, Cheers newspaper in Sydney, Australia

2009
Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney College of the Arts

2006
OHK TV Station, Kurashiki Light Contest, Kurashiki, Japan

Employment / Experience

2018
Lecture at Australian National University , Foundation Elective in Glass, ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Australian of the Year Awards, Coldworking Specialist, ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2017
Ausglass Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2014
Glass Art Society Conference 2014 – Coldworking Demonstrator in Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A
Translation and Interpretation for Junya Ishigami with City of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2013
Thomas Foundation Artists in Residency, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2012 – 2015
Glass Art Repairs, Sole trader for Professional Assistant in Polishing and Blowing glass

2011
Ausglass Conference – Coldworking Demonstrator, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2010 – 2012
Self-Employed as Professional Assistant in polishing and blowing glass
(Clients: Emma Varga, Defuse Glass Studio, Edols Elliott Glass, Lisa Cahill, Kate Baker, Marion Borgelt)

2010 – 2015
Technical Assistant to Marion Borgelt, Waterloo, Australia
Demonstration in cold work at Ausglass Conference 2011, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2010
Volunteer for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Art in Residency at The Sydney College of the Arts, Sydeney, NSW, Australia
Employment as Glass Makers-Artisan at Cydonia Glass Studio, Newtown, NSW, Australia

2009
Professional Assistant to Emma Varga, Lisa Cahill Cold Works, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Temporary work for Sabbia Gallery, Cold Works, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Professional Glassblowing Assistant at Defuse Glass, Redfern, NSW, Australia

2007 – 2008
Technical Assistant to Andrew Lavery, Vert Design, Cold Works, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Technical Assistant to Visiting Artists (Francis Upritchard, Jonathan Baskett,Mel O’Callaghan),
at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2006 – 2007
Installation Assistant to Toshio Iezumi, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Employment at Blow Fish Glass studio with Matt Ryan, Dee Why, NSW, Australia 2006
Volunteer Assistant at Edols Elliott glass studio, Brookvale, NSW, Australia
Technical Assistant to Shinsaku Fukutaka, Sydney, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2005
Volunteer Assistant at Dante Marioni class, Ezura Glass Studio, Japan
Hot Shop Assistant to Hideaki Kakurai, Kurashiki, Japan

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