Nao Matsunaga is fascinated by ceremonial objects and historical archetypes, which inform his extraordinary abstract sculptures; his use of blue and white for this exhibition of new works is a reference to this interest in archaism.
Nao Matsunaga uses clay and other materials and has developed a particularly intuitive way of working. Working spontaneously, and without a fixed idea of what he is creating, he uses his whole physical being to create his work; using the rhythm of his body rather a set of preconceived ideas.
Matsunaga is, however, also fascinated by ceremonial objects and historical archetypes, which inform his extraordinary abstract sculptures; his use of blue and white for this new exhibition is a reference to this interest in archaism. In the Artists House, he will be showing new works in porcelain for the first time.
Nao Matsunaga has exhibited internationally, including the innovative group show Material Language at the New Art Centre in 2016. He was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2013 and he has completed many artist in residencies across the world such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and in 2016 Arskala Principle Studio in Indonesia. He trained at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art.