Shoso Shimbo is a Melbourne based ikebana artist and sculptor.
Class Location: Murrumbeena & City (RMIT University City Campus)
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 International Floral Art 2014/2015, 2016/2017 & 2021/2022 Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).
His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV. 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 a part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.
Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) and works as a designer for Tsubo Zen Gardens.
He is the founding director of Ikebana Gallery Award, first online ikebana competition, and Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival, in which he presented an ikebana performance with the Grigoryan Brothers in 2019 and another performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2022. Also, he is a vice president of International Society of Ikebana Research.
He regularly runs Ikebana Introductory Class in Murrumbeena.
He has numerous publications on Ikebana and contemporary art and is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Ikebana Studies. A collection of his works, "Shoso Shimbo 2020: Ikebana and Environmental Art" is available with eBook.
現在、オーストラリア、メルボルンにて華道家、彫刻家、ガーデンデザイナー、華道研究家として活動。RMIT大学公開講座「日本の美学：生花から現代芸術へ」担当。アレキサンドル・ヨアン・クザ大学（ルーマニア）、京都芸術大学で特別講師。国際いけ花学会副会長。いけ花ギャラリー賞、メルボルン生け花フェスティバル、生花道場（オンライン講座）の創設に関わる。井上治・森田都紀 編集「伝統文化 研究編 (はじめて学ぶ芸術の教科書)」京都芸術大学, 第一章「第二次大戦前後の生け花場における自由花運動の相対的位相」 執筆