This beautifully hand-carved, wooden sculpture is made by Hideo Sawada. The delicate mark-making is exquisite and demonstrates his immaculate skill in carving wood. Sawada balances the abstract with the figurative, using his meticulous technique of sculpting with Camphorwood, a local and natural material. He is passionate about creating simple and subtle forms to uncover the emotion and power of each character, aimed to be explored further by the viewer.
This small-scale, delicate piece has a smooth textured finish, with warm dark hues which highlight the natural characteristics of the material. The figure is in a kneeling position, in a contemplative and pensive stance.
About the Artist:
Hideo Sawada is a sculptor from Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture who trained at Tokyo University of the Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany. His slender and motionless small-scale sculptures are tenderly rendered from wood. Sawada’s preference for simplicity and adherence to Japanese traditional aesthetics results in breathtaking figurative forms.