In Japanese culture, we speak of the Zen word Tesseki Shin, which means an iron will or a steadfast resolution. As evidenced in their response to the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese people have dealt with the aftermath while demonstrating this iron will and firm resolution to recover.

To honor this iron will and resilient spirit, Iwasawa Oriental Art hosted an exhibition of the stone sculpture works of Ken Matsumoto from May 12 to June 30, 2011.

Ken has generously agreed to donate 10% of this event’s profit to support the Japan Relief Fund.

We co-hosted an artist talk and reception with Japan Society of Northern California on June 4th, with 50% of the proceeds going to the Japan Society of Northern California’s Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Learn more about donating to the Japan relief fund through the Consulate General in San Francisco

More of Ken’s work may be seen online at the Object Art Gallery.

Ken is a well-established and respected sculptor who holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from San Jose State University. His extensive track record includes solo and group exhibitions throughout California since the mid-1980’s.

His work has appeared at numerous galleries and shows and has been showcased at a number of large corporate and government institutions, including Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Syntex, Saks Fifth Avenue, Price Waterhouse, the City of San Jose, the City of Sacramento, Merrill Lynch. He has been profiled in numerous publications including the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego TribuneArtweek, and Art and Antique Collector.

Read Ken’s complete resume and list of accomplishments.