Mitsuo Shoji Opening Night : Lesley Kehoe Galleries

October 5th, 2011

At the peak of an acclaimed national and international career, Mitsuo Shoji has returned to Melbourne. In 1973 Mitsuo Shoji took up a teaching position at Caulfield Institute of Technology, his first overseas experience and the beginning of his ‘calling Australia home’.  For the next 36 years Mitsuo practised and taught with Sydney as his home base. Recently awarded an Honorary Associate Professorship at University of Sydney, Mitsuo is a master of his art.

At a recent talk in the gallery, a nostalgic and animated Mitsuo gave us a tiny insight into the intricacies of his unique approach to painting and sculpture. Mitsuo uses kiln burners to ‘fire’ his paintings, creating wondrous visual and textual landscapes –landscapes at once powerful and meditative. Mitsuo’s love of good fine and wine is reflected in his seductive dishes, and very generous sake cups- all sold out. We await arrival of a new collection in time for our Spring Sake tasting next week.

Described by one of our guests as ‘like being in New York, thank you, thank you!’, Mitsuo’s exhibition is a wondrous tour of one man’s creativity, an exploration of the interweaving influences of different cultures, and a sheer visual delight.

Mitsuo Shoji & Dr. Fiona Myer

Alison Waters & Mr. Rupert Myer

Lesley Kehoe & Mrs. Pauline Gandel

Margaret & Ted Bilson with Lesley Kehoe

Chris Shoji, Carlier Makigawa and Mitsuo Shoji