On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Henry Takemoto was born in Honolulu and studied at the University of Hawaii with Claude Horan and Josef Albers. After moving to Southern California in the early 1950s, he studied with Peter Voulkos at the Otis Art Institute. Like his fellow student John Mason, Takemoto developed a new type of ceramic practice influenced by abstract expressionism, and created non-utilitarian large-scale pieces. Takemoto’s works are characterized by their intricate surfaces of gestural, calligraphic markings. Although they often retain aspects of traditional ceramic practice—such as their coil construction, their nominal resemblance to vessels, and their classic blue-and-white coloring—Takemoto extends these methods beyond their conventional limits to create highly expressive forms.