Toshiharu Yoshimura was born in Osaka, Japan, and before he began his study of ceramics at Osaka’s Seika University of Art, he had studied and devoted himself exclusively to oil painting.
Because of this progression from painter to ceramist, his sculptures now reflect distinctive aspects of modern painting, such as conceptual abstraction and prominent surface texture.
It is no accident that Yoshimura’s works consistently evoke the qualities and textures of aged and rusty metals, because he is inevitably drawn to the ordinary objects in his modern, industrialized urban environment. However he is interested in reproducing not the literal forma from this landscape, but the emotions they evoke.
The surfaces of his pieces resemble the textures commonly found on aged and rusted metal and worn surfaces, qualities that engender in him a feeling of tranquillity that comes specifically from isolation. Although he never uses the terms, Yoshimura seems to have a strong affinity for those complex Japanese aesthetics closely associated with Japanese poetry, Zen philosophy, and the tea ceremony – wabi and sabi. They may actually be at the very heart of his creative energy.
Because he wants the viewer to share these same feelings he is highly selective in his choice of forms and in carefully controlling and restraining movement in those forms.