King Houndekpinkou b. né 1987
King Houndekpinkou is a French-Beninese ceramist, born in Montreuil (France) in 1987. He lives in Paris, and works in France, Benin and Japan.
In 2012, his discovery of the Roku Koyō (the six ancestral pottery kilns of Japan), encouraged him to travel yearly to Bizen (Okayama Prefecture) to gain knowledge and train with his Bizen potter friends, which include Toshiaki Shibuta. While there, King was seduced by their spiritual and ceremonial approach to ceramic creation, which, to him, was reminiscent of the animist Voodoo cult of Benin, the country of his roots. As a result of this epiphanic experience, the artist developed Terres Jumelles, a program that consists of fostering an intercultural dialogue between the pottery sites of Benin and Japan through local ceramic practices in both countries.
Today, King has developed a practice that blends tradition, spirituality and visceral creativity, while crossing many "boundaries", be they cultural, geographic, generational, disciplinary, technical or historical. King mixes materials from all continents (e.g. clays, ashes, powders). Although fashioned on balanced bases, his works seem "disfigured" by an overload of clay and vivid textures that mimic the aesthetics of Beninese Voodoo altars and fetishes.
King is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and his work is regularly exhibited internationally (Australia, Benin, Hong Kong, Japan, Morocco, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, USA).
King’s work has been included in international exhibitions, including :
2021 : Cultural Affairs: Art without Borders, Grassi Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig, Germany.
2020: Exhibition of the International Academy of Ceramics, Guozhong Museum of Ceramic Art, Beijing, China.
Là où l'Âme se Plaît, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France (Curators: Galerie Vallois, UNESCO).
2017: About George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA.
2021: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom.
2019 : The Salon Art + Design Park Avenue Armory, New York, United States.
2018 : The Salon Art + Design Park Avenue Armory, New York, United States.
Art Paris Art Fair 2018 Le Grand Palais, Paris, France.
King HoundekpinkouLa Petite Veuve: Sol et Verde, 2019Céramique composé de grès noir de Lanzarote (Iles Canaries, Espagne), argile de Sè (Bénin), argile de Oumgbegamé (Bénin), cendres de pin rouge de Bizen (Japon), superposition d’émaux (jaune, verte, bleu, violet)H 25 x Diam 24 cm (H 9 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
King HoundekpinkouCavilux – Pourpre & Rouge - Chrysanthème, 2020Céramique composé grès noir et blanc, émaux bleus, lustre doréH 34 x Diam 39 cm (H13 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.)