Beautiful Henk Fresen Bronzes for Bonsai Display
Bobby Curttright brought by the studio a recent shipment of Henk Fresen’s wonderful bronze miniatures, and we enjoyed dreaming up what we might display with them. These are exemplary works for innovative bonsai display, such as you might see at the Taikan Ten, and of comparable quality to the bronzes that Matt Reel and I used when setting up displays in Shinji Suzuki’s tokonoma when we were apprentices there.
I was particularly taken with the reclining elk and the tree frog, although all these pieces have a subtle charm that comes from masterful hands. The toad, heron, and scorpion are exquisite as well (never thought I’d say a scorpion was exquisite, but it just happened.) Here are a few photos of them:
For more of this Dutch artist’s work, visit his homepage: