Born in Miyakonojo, Japan and now living in Carrara, Italy, Yoshin is a gentle and very focused artist.
Following his first exhibition of sculptures at the Shinseisaku-Kyokai, Tokyo In 1970, he moved to London and studied at the British Museum.
After travelling in Europe he arrived in Italy in late 1971 where he studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Florence and Rome. In 1973 he moved to Carrara to make contact with the world of marble.
In an outstanding career spanning over 40 years, Yoshin Ogata has held regular solo exhibitions internationally, won first prizes in numerous monumental sculpture awards and participated in many international symposiums.
He sculpts mostly abstract forms with aquatic themes and often large stone pieces for public installation. His works can be found in important international private and public collections.
'Sunshine' is a memorial to the contribution made by Chris Steele Scott to the Hills Sculpture Trail. She passed away shortly after the 2014 sculpture symposium. Yoshin has depicted the sun radiating waves of warmth and light and talked about Chris's friendly and warm nature. The droplet is a drop of sunshine.
"She was always smiling”
COMMISSIONED 2016 BY Adelaide Hills Council, Mount Barker District Council, Alexandrina Council and Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium Inc. in memory of Mrs Chris Steele Scott.
SUPPORTED BY Nigel Steele Scott, Caroline and Michael Crawford.
MAJOR DONORS Nick, Gill, Julia and Jacqui Scott, Judi and John Denton, Hugh MacLachlan, Jenny Steele Scott, Stirling Markets, Simon and Brooke Yates, Alan Campbell, Adrienne and Douglas Stott, Adelaide Hills Tourism.
DONORS Ann Ferguson, Meg and Don Walker, Grant Gartrell, Olivera Waterman, Margie Rymill, Liz and John Higgins, Barry and Rhonda Windle.
STONE DONATED BY Melocco Stone.
STONE Black Granite from Black Hill, Walker Flat, South Australia.
SITE GPS 35.0091°S, 138.7586°E
Mill Rd, Cnr Mt Barker Rd and Bridgewater Rd, Bridgewater