Photo: Kohji Inoue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
St. Louis Art Museum, MO
Ogata Kamio (1949-2022)
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our treasured artist, Ogata Kamio.
His extraordinary vessels brought the ancient art of neriage (marbleized clay) to unscaled modern heights. With meticulous and exacting artistry, his distinctive linear patterns created an overall optical effect of continuous, rippling movement. Having represented his work for nearly twenty years, his first and only solo exhibition outside Japan at Joan B Mirviss LTD in 2019 drew tremendous acclaim from all audiences, who marveled at his technical mastery and rhythmic sensibility. Some of those collectors were fortunate enough to meet the artist in person in our New York gallery.
Ogata was born in 1949 in Iwamizawa-city, Hokkaidō, in Japan's northernmost prefecture. Operating outside of a traditional ceramic center, Ogata's undeniable originality and playful approach eventually attracted attention from Japan's most prestigious ceramic institutions. In 2017, he won the Japan Ceramics Society Award. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this time. We loved working with such a wonderfully talented and kind artist over many years, and my visits to his home in Hokkaidō will remain cherished memories.
Joan B Mirviss