"Funakoshi uses camphor wood, a soft wood which complements the serenity of his figures. The sculptures are painted in subtle tones that enhance both the characteristics of the wood and its ability to mimic human flesh. The figures are rarely actual likenesses but are intensely personal and, despite portraying only the head and torso, have the presence of real people: of body and of spirit.
Spirituality is increased by the surrealist additions of animal features or transplanted body parts.Â In some of these most recent sculptures Funakoshi has also added objects, animals and trees that form a circle around the figure’s head. In Funakoshi’s own words “When something happens, I can see lots of things which stand up from one’s shoulder just like an aurora and a rainbow, orbiting above one’s head, and sinking into the other side."
Funakoshi was born in Japan in 1951 and studied at Tokyo University of Art.Â He has received many awards and has exhibited in Japan, USA and Europe....