The Suiseki Art of Mas Nakajima

My sculpture combines natural stone and wood to create harmony by integrating the life of wood with the simplicity and purity of natural stone. I begin by finding stones in riverbeds and mountains in California, and keep the stones until I am ready to integrate them with the chosen wood. The process of unifying these two materials, by specific selection and by accidental match, results in unexpected and endless possibilities.

Working with wood and stone is very familiar to me, having been born and raised in a traditional Japanese-style wooden house, in a small town near the Japan Alps, surrounded by mountains, rivers, and forests. Twenty-five years of building and designing houses in the Bay Area developed my aesthetic sensibility and my understanding of the relationship between an object and the surrounding space.

The use of natural rocks in my art originates from suiseki, a Japanese form of stone appreciation that has over a thousand years of history. We invite you to join us here to study and discuss suiseki art, both traditional Japanese suiseki and new forms of natural stone art.




4 Responses to The Suiseki Art of Mas Nakajima

  1. […] introduce you to Mas and his work it is simply better to use his own words which are located on his blog and that of his wife Janet. “My sculpture combines natural stone and wood to create harmony […]


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  3. […] The GSBF XXXIII Convention Exhibit included more stones than bonsai. The two ends of the exhibit hall were devoted to suiseki, and some of the stones were displayed in more formal arrangements. The composition below was created by Mas Nakajima. […]


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