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Lived/Active: Japan      Known for: glass art-fish in motion

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From East to West series, "Fish Handler," 2003
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Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
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Harmonizing ancient traditions with cutting-edge techniques originating in Japan, Europe, and the United States, Hiroshi Yamano’s glass art exemplifies the generative potential of cultural interchange while commenting on his own search for experiences that transcend borders. His pieces frequently incorporate silvery glass fish that appear in constant motion – slipping in and out of elegant vessel forms that evoke the constant flow of water. Referencing the ocean as both a bridge and a barrier between Japan and the West, his art offers the sea as an evocative symbol of the conflicts between tradition and change, isolation and openness – an elemental space that both encloses and embraces the complex dialogues of personal and national identity.

Celebrated equally for their astounding formal innovations and considerable conceptual richness, Yamano’s sculptures are praised as instances of the most technically accomplished glass art produced today. In a unique method the artist adapted from Japan’s history of metal crafts, complex forms of blown, sculpted, cut, and polished glass are fused with delicate layers of silver leaf while still hot and preceding copper plating – allowing him to emulate the intricate decorative surfaces of Japanese screen paintings.

Born and raised in Japan, Hiroshi Yamano received his arts education from the California College of Arts, the Tokyo Glass Art Institute, the Pilchuck School of Glass, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned his MFA in 1989. His work is included in such significant public collections as the Corning Glass Museum, the Wheaton Glass Museum, the Chrysler Museum, and the Grand Crystal Gallery of Taiwan.

Biography from Leslie Levy Fine Art, Inc.:
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Hiroshi Yamano is a part of Japan's rapidly growing glass art movement. Trained at art schools in the U.S. and Japan, this artist’s blown glass sculpture has a recurrent theme of migratory fish.

To explain his fascination with fish, he says "I like to keep moving and have different experiences…. I have to keep swimming the world like a fish. I am a fish which is always looking for something".

Yamano directs his attention not only to the surface of his’metaphorical vessels but to the inside as well. The facets on the surface of the glass provide transparent windows through which the viewer has an illusion of activity within the bowl. Using a combination of gold, silver and/or copper leaf on the surface of the vessel and blown glass fish within, Yamano's intention is to create poetry in glass.

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