Kano Tomohiro - AmorphousAmorphous, 2012; glass; h. 10 1/4 x w. 23 5/8 x d. 10 1/4 in. (26 x 60 x 26 cm) Kano_amorphous-048_007_008 Left Amorphous 048, 2011; glass; h. 3 1/4 x w. 5 3/4 x d. 3 1/2 in. (8.3 x 14.6 x 8.9 cm) Middle Amorphous 007, 2010; glass; h. 3 1/4 x w. 5 1/8 x d. 3 3/4 in. (8.3 x 13 x 9.5 cm) Right Amorphous 008, 2011; glass; h. 3 1/2 x w. 7 3/4 x d. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 x 19.7 x 8.9 cm)

Kano Tomohiro

Kano Tomohiro was born in 1958 in Tokyo, Japan, and has received worldwide recognition for his sculptural works in glass.
A descendant of the renowned Kano family that served as official painters for samurai rulers from the fifteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, Tomohiro first studied Nihonga painting in college.  Although born into a family of historic significance in the world of painting, the artist discovered his passion for art in glass-making.
Kano’s approach to glassware is unique. Materials such as clay or wax are traditionally used for casting glass but dissatisfied with this conventional molding method, the artist developed his own technique: He creates glass molds, thus using glass exclusively in making his forms with no other materials. As a result, his series Amorphous shows distinctive forms that are possible only by this unusual glass casting method. Therefore, his desire to maintain the integrity or purity of glass, to explore how shapes are born through the material is crystallized in his glass works.
Kano Tomohiro is also known as the last and only living descendant who creates art of the famous Kano family. In the late 1400's and early 1500's, Kano Masanobu and his son Motonobu founded the renowned Kano school, the longest-lived and most influential school of painting in Japanese history.

Kano Tomohiro Exhibits

Artist exhibitions

Asia Week New York
Onishi Gallery, New York
Tomorrowland, Fukuoka, Japan
Tokyo National Museum of modern Art museum Collection, Kagawa Museum / Ehime The Museum of Art Ehime Kagawa, Kagawa, Japan
Tokyo Art Fair
21_21 Design Site, Tokyo
Hostel, Laforet Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. Collaboration Kano Tomohiro & Federico Buccellati, Roppongi Kokaido, Tokyo Japan
Contemporary Japanese Crafts : Materials and Way of Formative Thinking, Petronas Gallery, Malaysia, National Gallery, Indonesia
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
National Glass Center, La Granja, Spain


The illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan ‘05
IGS International Exhibition of Glass Formative Exhibition
Tokyo Glass Art Exhibition ‘90
International Exhibition of Glass Craft ‘90

Public Collections (partial listing)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Kitazawa Museum, Nagano / The Conrad, Tokyo / Kaihoro Atami, Shizuoka / Ise Shima International Conference Building, Aichi / Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto / National Glass Center, Segovia, Spain