Hironori Katagiri was born in Kesennuma, Japan and studied art at Miyagi University of Education. He has exhibited internationally and creates many of his works for public commissions. He came to Scotland in the mid-1980s, to work at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire (where this work was created). There he met, and later married, Edinburgh artist Kate Thomson. The couple actively promote sculpture in Scotland and Japan and have a workshop in Edinburgh.
As well as the work shown, the University of Stirling has recently installed fifteen striking sculptures created by Thomson and Katagiri. Most are on long term loan, but one piece - Awakening Landscape-Ominipresence and Eternity - was recently purchased by the University with the generous support of Geoff Weston. Click here for a pdf of the campus Japanese sculpture tour (also available in the Crush Hall, Pathfoot).