KENSUKE YAMADA


2019 AUGUST EXHIBIT

Kensuke Yamada was Born in Japan and came to the United States to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and Guest Artist/Instructor at the Tyler School of Art and later the University of Arkansas, where he now serves as Assistant Professor. The figure, for Yamada, is an extension and embodiment of shared interactions, communicating through a vocabulary of gestures, patterns, textures, colors, and rhythms. In conversation these qualities bring the figure to life.

 
 

2017 SUMMER EXHIBIT

Kensuke Yamada was born in Japan and came to the United States to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. In his debut with Sager Braudis Gallery, Yamada presents ceramic sculptures in the distinct style recognizable to his collectors around the world. His figures in earlier series, with disproportionately large heads and accompanying toy-like objects, read as likenesses of children. In this series, disembodied and exaggerated in scale, childlike heads seem more like enlarged toys themselves, with whimsical graftings and surface treatments that intentionally conflate portrait and object. Each sculpture bears a sense of character and memory, inviting the imagination of a surrounding story.