Densaburou Oku

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Densaburou Oku
Oku was born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1945 and now resides in Pennsylvania. Densaburou Oku completed his studies in glass at the Tokyo Glass Art School in 1986. In 1989 he relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a recipient of a Wheaton Arts Fellowship in both 1993 and 1994, Densaburou was given the opportunity to study at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey. This experience helped further his skills and his unique vision as a sculptor. His mixed-media fish sculptures are created with glass, steel, found objects and paint. He uses steel elements and found objects to create the fins and head and then combines these with segments of blown and cast glass that are assembled to form a skeleton-like structure representing fish bones. His work combines great skill and an unusual, lighthearted approach to his subject. The meaning of his art comes from Densaburou’s belief that everything is connected and is part of the cycle of life and death. His sculptures are a metaphor for life and our place within it. In speaking about his own work, he has said, “I am doing art stuff (laughter) and I have my feeling. I make art to catch and express feeling. Each place I have known grows a different stream. I am now at the point where I am in my life and my time here in this community. This…collection of my work over these years is not looking back, but the other point, reflecting forward.” Oku was born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1945 and now resides in Pennsylvania. Densaburou Oku completed his studies in glass at the Tokyo Glass Art School in 1986. In 1989 he relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a recipient of a Wheaton Arts Fellowship in both 1993 and 1994, Densaburou was given the opportunity to study at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey. This experience helped further his skills and his unique vision as a sculptor. His mixed-media fish sculptures are created with glass, steel, found objects and paint. He uses steel elements and found objects to create the fins and head and then combines these with segments of blown and cast glass that are assembled to form a skeleton-like structure representing fish bones. His work combines great skill and an unusual, lighthearted approach to his subject. The meaning of his art comes from Densaburou’s belief that everything is connected and is part of the cycle of life and death. His sculptures are a metaphor for life and our place within it. In speaking about his own work, he has said, “I am doing art stuff (laughter) and I have my feeling. I make art to catch and express feeling. Each place I have known grows a different stream. I am now at the point where I am in my life and my time here in this community. This…collection of my work over these years is not looking back, but the other point, reflecting forward.”
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