by Cheyenne Tulsa in New Art on Saturday 13 October 2012

After graduating from the distinguished Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1982, Hirotoshi Itoh felt he was destined only to take over his father’s masonry business. He spent several years working with fine metals before turning his attention to stones, which he found by the river bank near his Matsumoto home. Itoh works out of his studio to create sculptures that juxtapose the original shape and hardness with surprising humour and texture.