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Kensuke Yamada, 20092010 MJD Fellow
resident 2009–2011, summer 2008

Kensuke YamadaKensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan and received his MFA at the University of Montana. He received his BA at The Evergreen State College in Washington. Kensuke’s exaggerated playful figurative work has been exhibited around the northwest and he most recently received the 2009-2010 MJD Bray Fellowship award.

“My work is inspired by the universal experience shared among all individuals through facial expression and simple body language, which I convey between the ceramic figures I create. I enjoy touching clay and I have found a way to communicate through ceramics, using gestures, patterns, and textures which create rhythm that brings the figures to life. Through my work I ask people to stop moving and enjoy the moments they are experiencing with their surroundings. I ultimately want people to think about "the moment not the movement of time".  It is my hope that strangers can come together to experience a commonality, slowing down enough to share the emotional interaction with my figurative sculpture staged in a communal space.”

To see more of Kensuke's artwork visit

Separating Ways in an One Stream, 2010
36" x 18.5" x 13"

Bird Rider, 2010
35" x 17" x 10"

She, 2010
30" x 24" x 19"

Alice and Rabbit, 2010
17" x 15" x 10"