Shoso Shimbo - Victoria
An artist in many ways, Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana, with over 30 years experience. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara. His sculptural works have also been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition and the New Wave Art Festival at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art 2014/2015 & 2016/2017, Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).
He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.
A common theme through many of his works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature, where man is a part of the natural order rather than the owner of it.