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Koichi Ishino
Visual Art  (NSW)
Koichi Ishino is a Japanese artist who immigrated to Australia in 2009, now living and working in Gosford, NSW. He has been a full time artist for over twenty years.

Koichi graduated with a Bachelor of Kyoto City University of Arts in 1976. Koichi has an international reputation as an artist and has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Award (1997), the Kyoto National Museum of Art Award (1995), the recipient of Staff Choice Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2004.

He has completed numerous significant commissions for Osaka Sayama City Culture Centre (Commissioned by Simizu Corporation), Okuwa corporate headquarters Wakayama City (Commissioned by Asanuma Corporations), Izu City (Commissioned by Kinki Regional Development bureau), and Bournemouth University England.

Koichi’s work is characterized by smooth mirror surfaces of stainless steel paired with stone. Throughout his career, Koichi has been developing original inlay techniques and producing works that combine the contrasting materials of metal and stone. Koichi manipulates the materials so they reflect the surrounding scenery and abruptly transform the mottled surface of stone. In his works, materials of completely different qualities come together as one fabricated form. Created with superlative skill, by joining and polishing the steel and stone perfectly into one smooth surface, Koichi’s sculptures emanate a unique sense of tension. As a result of the combination of these two materials in such a way that not the slightest gap or separation exists between them, appearing indeed to have been of a whole from the beginning, the feel and expressive qualities of both these materials are further deepened and amplified.

As Koichi puts it himself, “What I want to express is fusion and harmony. By touching with the eyes the boundaries that are like deeply eroded fjords, it is hoped that the viewers can appreciate the fusion and harmony of these contrasting materials of metal and stone.”

Koichi has completed an artist in residence at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. He has participated in Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi and Cottelsoe regularly since 2001 and in 2009 Koichi was the recipient of the Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
  Photos: Form of scenery - lat. 35°27'12''N, long. 136°07’03’’E; Wind stone - earth and sky_Bondi 2010
Links: Sculpture by the Sea
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