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MAKIGAWA Akio

(Japan, Australia 1948 – 1999)

Title
Garden of Desire V
Year
1995
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
Mexican onyx with bronze and water
Dimensions

dimensions variable:

a-h - Eight plinths; 95 cm; Diametre of each bronze water vesel.

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 13.5 cm

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 27.9 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1998
Accession number
346.1998.a-p
Location
Not on display
Further information

The water-filled bowls suggest the tranquility of a Japanese garden; the colours of the onyx pillars suggest the red earth and grey-green eucalypts of Australia. 'Garden of Desire V' was conceived and created in the marble mountains of Carrara in Italy where Japanese/Australian artist Akio Makigawa worked from time to time.

Born and brought up in Japan, Makigawa came to Australia in the 1970s. He studied art at Curtin University in Perth and at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. While his craft was learned in Australia, his work retains an essential association with Shinto spirituality, and nowhere is it more evident than in this sculpture.

Bibliography (8)

Prue Allen, Look, 'Message from the President of the Art Gallery Society', pg. 6, South Yarra, Oct 1999, 6.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1999, 'Director's Introduction', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 1999, 6, 7 (colour illus.), 21.

Anthony Bond, Transit, Sydney, Aug 1998. no catalogue numbers

Edmund Capon, Look, 'Welcome to the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg.11-12, South Yarra, Apr 2000, 12 (colour illus.).

Paul McGillick., The Australian financial review, 'Beautiful collision', Sydney, 24 May 1998.

Jane Somerville, Look, 'Looking back: celebrating 20 years of words and images for Society members', pg.10-11, Newtown, Oct 2005, 10 (colour illus.). illustration is a detail

Judith White (Editor), Look, 'Society Acquisitions: A year of gifts to the Gallery', pg. 16, South Yarra, Dec 1999-Jan 2000, 16 [colour illus.].

Judith Wright, Look, 'A bridge to Asia', pg. 14, South Yarra, Mar 1999, 14 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Akio Makigawa: The Garden of Desire, Chifley Plaza, Sydney, 15 May 1996–01 Jun 1996

Transit, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Aug 1998–13 Sep 1998