Wada Morihiro

June 6, 2018

I think that among many professions and callings, the artist is a noble one. Throughout their live, these visionaries create arts to inspire, delight, and connect; when they are gone, their art and artistic legacy continue to teach, provoke and strengthen our bonds with each other. Wada Morihiro was a star that fell too soon. In 2009, a year after Wada left us, Dai Ichi Arts presented the exhibition Celebration of a Life, seen in the attached brochure with several of Wada's works that were exhibited for sale. Wada's ceramics still intrigue us over a decade after his passing, and we grow to understand him more.


Wada was a classmate of Matsuda Yuriko 松田百合子(1943- ) at Kyoto Art University. Under the tutelage of Tomimoto Kenkichi 富本憲吉(1886-1963, LNT), Wada and Matsuda studied nature and sought to recreate its forms in their work. Plants, animals, and natural forces became both symbolic and decorative in Wada's hands. Patterns often rise from the repetition of abstracted natural forms in his ceramics, like on the elegant work pictured here. Wada expressed his particular view of the natural world through this unique motif.

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