Nao Matsunaga (b 1980 in Japan), trained at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Inspired by Neolithic and modern architecture, ceremonial objects, rituals and spaces, Matsunaga’s practice combines a considered balance of raw organic forms with more controlled marks and lines, using the juxtaposition of both abstract and more recognisable sculpted forms and materials, to explore how individuals interact with their surrounding objects and spaces. He is interested in creating and capturing a sense of movement within still objects, and achieving a balance between rawness and control, stillness and movement. His practice speaks of enduring human concerns and personal and collective experience.
Matsunaga has exhibited widely, and completed a six-month ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014, where he is included in the public collection. Other residencies include Cove Park, Scotland in 2010, Arizona State University Art Museum in 2013 and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit in 2014. He was a finalist of the Jerwood Makers Open in 2012 and won the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2013.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2015 Standing On The Verge/Live Up, British Ceramics Biennial 2015 Mumbo Jumbo Kathedral, Galleri Format, Oslo, Norway 2015 Monster Rock Circle, Marsden Woo, London 2014 Live Up/Blank Totem, London Design Festival Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2013 We Are New Here, Arizona State University Museum, Combine studios, Phoenix, AZ. 2012 My Primal Memory, Daiwa Japan House, London 2012 Stones and Bones, Marsden Woo Gallery, London 2011 Introducing; Nao Matsunaga, Kerry Jameson, Dawn Youll Marsden Woo, London 2008 This Place is Made of Rocks, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. 2006 Bath and Doorway, Hockney gallery. Royal College of Art, London 2002 Starecase, Mojoe. Church Street, Brighton.
Awards & Scholarships
2016 Bursary, British Council, Indonesia 2016 Bursary, Japan Foundation, Indonesia 2015 Bursary, Art Council of Norway 2013 Winner, British Ceramics Biannual Award 2013 Windgate fellowship for ASU Residency 2012 Winner, Jerwood Makers Open 2012. 2010 Shortlisted, Arts foundation fellowship for Ceramics. 2010 Bursary, Cove Park, Scotland 2008 Bursary, Anglo Sweden Society 2007 Maintenance Grant, Leverhulme Trust
Victoria and Albert Museum, London York Museum and Art Gallery, York, UK