Reflections

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1941, Masaru Takiguchi fostered his interest in sculpture early on as a child, carving copies of ancient Grecian statues from firewood that his father would bring home. While attending Kyoto City College of Fine Arts (Japan), he fell in love with the city’s great historical sites. Throughout his life as a sculptor—frequently being reminded that ancient Japanese culture revolves around stone, wood, and paper—Takiguchi has always felt a great affinity for organic materials from the earth, and he thereby learned to work with these unforgiving natural mediums with the utmost precision. In 1968, Takiguchi was brought to the United States by David and Kiko Kung; he was given a studio behind Kiko Gallery; and in 1969, 1970, and 1973, he served as a visiting instructor in sculpture at the University of Houston. During this time, Takiguchi quietly began honing his art, utilizing his own hand-made tools to produce sculptures with a rich textural component, while still maintaining a simplified and abstract composition. Takiguchi’s wood and stone sculptures, known for their organic sensuality and lyrical fluidity, have always embodied the very essence of nature’s forms: air, water, light, a breeze, or even the curve of planetary bodies. Since graduating with his M.A. in Sculpture from Kyoto City College in 1966, Takiguchi has had multiple solo exhibitions at Kiko Gallery, Meredith Long Gallery, and Hooks-Epstein Galleries; he has also participated in various group shows throughout the U.S. and Japan. His works are included in numerous public and private collections in Houston and beyond, and he has been featured in various publications and art reviews.
Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 to Saturday, June 22, 2019

Awakening of the Spring

Awakening of the Spring, 2004, Texas pecan, 26 x 12 x 10 1/2"

The Wave, Summer

The Wave, Summer, 2006, Brazilian black granite, 20 1/2 x 13 x 6 1/4"

Spring Wind

Spring Wind, 1997, stained pine, 36 1/4 x 14 x 12 3/4"

Wind and Wave

Wind and Wave, 1997, stained pine, 32 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 10"

Diary "90

Diary "90, 1990, Arkansas red granite, 3 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 6 1/2"

Horny Dream

Horny Dream, 2002, walnut, 5 1/2 x 10 x 8"

Mirage

Mirage 1992 Tennessee Pink Marble 24 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 4"

Sea in Spring

Sea in Spring 2007 Georgia Marble 23 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 9"

Mirage

Mirage, 1992, walnut with mahogany base, 29 x 14 3/16 x 8 1/2"

Tsunami

Tsunami, 2002, red oak, 24 x 13 x 13 1/2"

Sold Inventory

Sea in Winter

Sea in Winter 2006-7 Brazilian Black Granite 27 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 10 3/4"

Memory of Butterfly

Memory of Butterfly, 1987, walnut, 43 1/2 x 19 x 10"

Ocean

Ocean 1994 Georgia Granite 12 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 6"

Comet

Comet, 2001, Brazilian black granite, 6 x 14 x 10 3/4"

Red Wave

Red Wave 1994 Tennessee Walnut Marble 10 3/8 x 13 3/4 x 7 1/2"

From Time to Time

From Time to Time, 1991, Tennessee marble, 11 1/2 x 7 x 3 1/2"

Stand Up

Stand Up, 1990, Arkansas red granite, 14 3/8 x 7 3/8 x 3 1/4"

Mirage

Mirage, 1991, Tennessee walnut marble, 11 x 6 x 3 1/2"

Sea in Autumn

Sea in Autumn 2007 Tennessee Walnut Marble 12 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 7"

Wave

Wave, 1998, Texas walnut, 13 3/4 x 20 x 12"

Luna

Luna, 2000, cherry, 13 1/8 x 10 x 6 1/2"

Memory of Horn

Memory of Horn, 2004, Texas pecan, 27 1/2 x 17 x 11 1/2"

With All My Heart

With All My Heart 2005 Mesquite wood 13 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"

High Tide

High Tide, 2002, pecan, 26 x 12 x 12"

Night Ocean

Night Ocean 1995 Brazilian Black Granite 19 1/2 x 29 x 14"

High Wind

High Wind, 1997, stained pine, 23 x 15 x 12 3/4"

A Gust of Wind

A Gust of Wind, 1997, pine, 29 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 14"

Autumn Wind

Autumn Wind, 1997, stained maple, 20 1/2 x 7 x 7"

Through Out

Through Out, 1989, Tennessee marble, 14 x 13 1/2 x 11"

Gale

Gale,1997, pine, 49 3/4 x 25 x 25"

Nymph

Nymph, 2004, mesquite, 19 x 11 1/2 x 11"

Sea in Summer

Sea in Summer 2007 Tennessee Marble 12 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2"

Playing with the Waves

Playing with the Waves 2007 Georgia Granite 12 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 6"

Spring Haze

Spring Haze 1993 Tennessee Marble 13 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 6"

Side Waves

Side Waves, 1986, Japanese camphor, 10 x 13 1/2 x 7"

The Wave

The Wave 1993 Tennessee Grey Marble 10 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 11"

Whispers of Love

Whispers of Love, 2004, Texas ash, 12 x 6 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Whispers of Love, 2004, Texas ash, 12 x 6 1/2 x 7 1/2"

The Galaxy

The Galaxy, 1993, Indian black granite, 8 1/2 x 12 x 4"

Aphrodite

Aphrodite, 1998, Mesquite, 17 x 13 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Ocean

Ocean, 1998, Mesquite with Mahogany Base

Goddess Wind

Goddess Wind, 1997, stained pine, 31 1/8 x 14 x 13 1/4"

Ride the Wind

Ride the Wind, 1997, stained pine, 33 x 14 3/4 x 7"

In the Spring

In the Spring, 2004, Texas ash, 8 x 12 x 8"
In the Spring, 2004, Texas ash, 8 x 12 x 8"

Memory of Summer

Memory of Summer, 2004, Texas ash, 7 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 8"
Memory of Summer, 2004, Texas ash, 7 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 8"

Sprout

Sprout, 1986, Texas walnut, 7 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 14 1/2"