This website presents a collection of my artwork in different media. Sculpting and painting are my main lines of work. New sculptures are regularly listed on my online Etsy shop. Some paintings are for sale at Lillian Gallery (see below for location). For inquiries about other paintings on this website please contact me. I post pictures of the sculpting process as well as finished wood sculptures regularly on instagram: sasaki.mike_woodforms. The sculptures can be seen on location in Vancouver, Canada at both the Craft House on Granville Island and Lillian Gallery on 1675 Hornby Street; and in Osaka, Japan at Toi. Read creative entries elaborating on and complimenting the sculptures on my blog: Behind The Wood Forms.
HistoryI was born in Toronto, Canada in 1982. I practiced drawing a lot as a child out of enjoyment. I was also taught woodworking from my father at a young age. In high school I started using clay for sculptures. I graduated from the York University/Sheridan College Honours Bachelor Program in Design in 2005. There, I implemented my drawings into my designs quite often. I was especially interested in the book design course because we learned how to bind books by hand and it gave me an opportunity to write, illustrate, design and bind a volume. This allowed for a totally integrated design where the paper's texture relates to the theme of the book, the dust jacket design relates to the stitching style, etc. I went on to live in Tokyo for 5 years deepening my investigation into Japanese culture and philosophy, and practicing Shorinji Kempo - a martial art. The gardens, block prints, festivals, tea ceremony and architecture were deeply inspiring. I worked illustrating teaching material, designing new year's cards, and illustrating t-shirts. When I returned to Canada I worked at Lynrich Arts in Toronto where I provided graphic design, illustration, and art teaching. I have been doing freelance graphic design and illustration since 2005. I started using wood as my main mode of expression since realizing in 2011 that it was my choice medium. The ideas and concepts for the sculptures were developed shortly thereafter. I currently live in Vancouver, Canada.
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