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, 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 2019, in which he presented an ikebana performance with the Grigoryan Brothers. He will present 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.
Shoso 2016 - 2021
Group Exhibitions (Curated) 展覧会
2019 Wa ∙ Ikebana Exhibition, Abbotsford Convent (Since 2015)
2019 Sogetsu Victoria Group Exhibition, Hawthorn Town Hall
2018 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition
2017 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition
Commissioned Works / Special Displays (selected) 主な制作依頼等
2020 New Year’s display, Koko restaurant, Crown Hotel (Since 2009)
2020 Sculpture commission, Le Pine, Kew East, Melbourne
2019 Ikebana performance, Suntory Roku Launch, Crown Hotel
2019 Ikebana display, RMIT Open Day
2019 Ikebana performance with the Gregorian Brothers, Melbourne Recital Centre
2019 Ikebana performance: The way of flower, Melbourne Recital Centre
2018 Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA), Ballarat
2018 Ikebana performance, International Academic Forum, Kobe, Japan
2018 Lorne Sculpture
2016 Ikebana Display, the Snow Travel Expo, Japan Foundation
2016 Wye River Project, Lorne Sculpture
2019 Shop Window Competition, Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (2nd Place)
2017 The Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize, 17th Annual Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition & Awards
2022 A proposal for online ikebana training: Developing and Evaluating a new curriculum to teach ikebana as meditation. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/ikebana/9/0/9_19/_article
2021 Ikebana: A Flower Arrangement in Search of Poetry, Garland Magazine, #24.
2021 An interpretation of Ikenobo Senno Kuden (16c) and its hidden link to the rise of freestyle ikebana in modern Japan, International Journal of Ikebana Studies, v.8, 86-95.
2021 (In print) 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 (Relative positions of Freestyle Ikebana Movement in the field of ikebana before and after the WWⅡ), Traditional Culture, Kyoto University of Arts Publishing.
2021 (In print) Environmental art: Ikebana meets contemporary art, Craft - Tradition and Invention: Educating in the crafts - The global experience. Book two. Springer Nature.
2020 Environmental art as public art, UNESCO Observatory, Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 6, 1.9.
2018 Nature in ikebana: Beyond sustainability (いけ花における自然：存続可能性を超えて). International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 6, pp. 55- 60.
2017 Ikebana in environmental art (環境芸術におけるいけ花の可能性), International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 5, pp. 109-113.
2016 Environmental art and ikebana, International Journal of Ikebana Studies (IJIS), 4, pp. 27-38.
Conference Papers 国際学術会議
2020 Nature in Ikebana: The freestyle ikebana movement in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and its effect on Avant-garde Ikebana after the war. The 11th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities, The International Academic Forum (virtual presentation).
2018 Creativity & Education: Environmental art as a vehicle of message. Central de Studii European, Facultatea de Drept, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, 17 April, Iasi, Romania.
2018 Environmental art as public art. Creating Utopia Conference, Sponsored by Deakin University, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, March 22 - 25, Qdos Arts, Lorne.
2018 Japanese aesthetics and environmental art. The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Academic Forum. March 30 - April 1, Kobe, Japan.
2017 Transition of environmental art: In search of the strategies for sustainability. The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Academic Forum. March 30 - April 2, Kobe, Japan.