Artists

About Makoto Sugiura’s Work

Creator of 3-D sculptures expressing grand landscapes from a bird’s eye view. His motifs include cityscapes, scenes in nature such as animals in mid-step and ruins. Sugiura uses natural wood of the camphor tree and whereas the general practice is to hollow out the center of the wood to prevent cracking, Sugiura, leaves the piece solid to convey the vastness of the earth. This technique gives the viewer the sense of soaring above the world like a bird surveying the ground below.

Having travelled widely, Makoto Sugiura has been greatly influenced by the cultures and geographies of Asia, Africa and Europe. His works reflect and consider those influences. His skills were honed in the conservation of classical Buddhist sculptures and refined in the production of the Four Heavenly Kings under the leadership of the renown sculptor Satoshi Yabuuchi.

Profile

Born in Aichi, Japan in 1968
Lives and works in Aichi, JapanPresently a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts
Worked under the direction of Mr.Nobuhisa Yoshida (Inami-cho, Toyama), traditional Japanese craft master in 1986. After becoming independent, toured Asia, Africa, Europe, and absorbed various influences.
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2019 Makoto Sugiura: Toki no Tabi; Fu no Kei Ⅵ (L Gallery, Aichi)
2016 Makoto Sugiura (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Makoto Sugiura: Wood Carving Works (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2014 Tokino Tabi; Fu no Kei V: Makoto Sugiura-ten (L Gallery, Aichi)
2013 Makoto Sugiura Wood Carving Works : Bird’s-Eye View (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2012 Makoto Sugiura: Wood Carving Works (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)
Tokino Tabi; Fu no Kei IV: Makoto Sugiura-ten (L Gallery, Aichi)
Makoto Sugiura (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2010 Tokino Tabi; Fu no Kei Ⅲ: Makoto Sugiura-ten (L Gallery, Aichi)
2009 Makoto Sugiura Wood Carving Works : Bird’s-Eye View (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2018 Tobi-kai (Funabashi Tobu, Chiba)
2017 Chokoku no Suizokukan (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
HOPES: Jisedai Hyakusen-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2014 Katachi aru messages (Fukuoka MItsukoshi, Fukuoka)
Suteki Kukan eno okurimono: Tabiji / Shuppatsu (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2011 Hasu no-kai (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued until 2013)
2010 Hasu no-kai (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, continued in 2014)
2009 Something precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2008 Hasu no-kai (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued until 2009)
Korekara (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, continued until 2009)
2006 Kokuzo (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2003 B-WORKS-ten (continued until 2005)
【Awards】
2001 Grandprix for the 9th Wood Carving Folk Art Oya (Hyogo)
【Others】
2001 A member of production of the Four Heavenly Kings under sculptor Satoshi Yabuuchi.