With great attention to detail and form, Sugiura Yasuyoshi sculpted the leafy sepals, pink-tipped petals, and delicate blossoms of this oversize kousa dogwood flower. The bloom is known for its delicate yet tough appearance, a contrast that Yasuyoshi captures through a combination of shapes, textures, and glazes. The artist’s meticulous enlargements of flora reveal a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and the possibilities of ceramics.
Glazed stoneware with metallic glazes
17 3/8 × 17 3/8 × 15 in. (44.1 × 44.1 × 38.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed "Yasuyoshi Sugiura" and object is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the artist.
Object is inscribed: :Sanposhi no hana Yasuyoshi (Kousa Dogwood Yasuyoshi). Object is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
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Sugiura Yasuyoshi (Japanese, born 1949). Dogwood Flower, 2019. Glazed stoneware with metallic glazes, 17 3/8 × 17 3/8 × 15 in. (44.1 × 44.1 × 38.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joan B. Mirviss in honor of Alan Beller, 2020.14. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.TL2020.13_view01-1.jpg)
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Porcelain re-creation of the flower from a kousa dogwood tree, with four pink-tipped petals (actually outer leaves, called bracts), surrounding a large central ball of miniature flowers, consisting of hundreds of small greenish-white spikes topped by brown balls; behind the bracts are four brownish outer leaves finished in gold and platinum to simulate dried foliage, and a thick stem of the same color. The sculpture stands as a tripod on two of the brown leaves and the stem so the flower faces sideways and slightly upward.
Sugiura Yasuyoshi has made flower sculptures since 2010. Most are relatively literal enlargements of flowers, closely observed and then carefully recreated in porcelain. Some of his flowers are caught at the peak of their bloom and are highly decorative. Others are depicted dried and/or gone to seed. He has also created installations of flowers. He is best known in Japan for his earlier work, which consisted of ceramic casts of stones, arranged or piled into large installations.
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