Nobuyuki Okumura will be featured on a TV program called ‘Sekai Fushigi Hakken’ broadcast by TBS on February 7, 2015!

 

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Nobuyuki Okumura Bronze Sculpture Exhibition

February 6, 2015 – February 21, 2015 at Ginza Ippodo Gallery (Closed on Mondays)

Nobuyuki Okumura repurposes an ancient cave in Bracciano, the suburb of Rome, and uses it as his studio.

He is persistent in his focus on ‘figurative form’ even though abstraction is the mainstream in the world of contemporary sculpture. He continues making sculptures through the Italian lost-wax casting method of the Roman/Greek period –successors to carry on this artistic tradition are few and far between, even in Italy.

A key characteristic of his sculptures lies in the beautiful surface created after casting and during the finishing process. The surface is treated to look as if coated with powder. With great respect for the tradition of his craft, and under the mentorship of Emilio Greco, a master sculptor, he produces work that radiates a certain warmth of humanity. Many artists look up to Okumura and study under him, witnessing the pure craftsmanship in his production.

In October 2003, Okumura produced a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his pontificate – to the Pope’s great fancy. Even after his death, the bust was displayed at the Vatican Library alongside a sculpture by Bernini. Okumura and the bust he created garnered widespread interest (this story will be featured on a TV program called ‘Sekai Fushigi Hakken’ broadcast by TBS on February 7, 2015).

In this exhibition, approximately 30 sculptures will be shown including the bronze bust of Pope John Paul II, statues of the Greek gods, and Buddha.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the world-renowned Okumura’s bronze sculptures.

[Biography]

1953 Born in Tokyo

1972 Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School

1974-80 Repeatedly accepted for Kokuten Exhibition

1975 Enrolled in Sculpture department of Academy of Fine Arts in Rome

Studied under Emilio Greco

1977 Graduated from Department of Arts, Sculpture Course of Tokyo Gakugei University

1985 Left for Italy and became an assistant to sculptor Milton Hebald

1988 Won a prize in the 2nd Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition at Hakone Open-Air Museum

1990 Became a pupil at Emilio Greco’s studio

1992 Solo exhibition at Studio NM in Rome

1993 Permanent exhibition at L’ IPPOCASTANO Gallery in Rome

1994 Solo exhibition in Tokyo

1995 Solo exhibition at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Osaka

1996 Solo exhibition at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

His relief,  ‘12 Ecliptical constellations’, was donated to the Seiryo Hall in Hibiya

Designed and established the bronze fountain, ‘Wood sprite’, at the Sasaki residence in Mita City

Received a message of endorsement and praise from the Italian Vice President

1997 Solo exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Chiba Mitsukoshi, and Kobe Mitsukoshi

Installed the monument, ‘The Centaur and a girl’, at Senzoku Gakuen College

Produced a small relief for the 50th anniversary of foundation of Seiryo-kai

1998 Solo exhibition at Mitsukoshi Gallery in Osaka

Installed the relief, ‘Hisyou suru uma ni matagaru Diana’, at Otsuma Nakano High School

Installed a portrait of the Duke of Paul Borghese in Artena, Italy

His relief, ‘Amazon’, was donated at the 120th anniversary ceremony of Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya High School

Installed a statue of Lobstein for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome

Produced statues of Lady Pamela and her daughter Lala at Palazzo Borghese, Rome

1999 Installed a statue of Andrew Bertie, a leader of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome

Produced a memorial medal for Alan Campbell Johnson in London

Solo exhibition at Ginza Ippodo Gallery

Nominated for Food and Agriculture Organization’s auction and sold works in Cairo

2001 Okumura Sculpture Exhibition formally joined “Italia in Giappone 2001” Exhibition

Solo exhibitions at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Osaka Mitsukoshi, and Ginza Ippodo Gallery

Produced a statue of Eitaka Tsuboi, President of Japan Medical Association, in Tokyo

2003 Produced and presented a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II