Bahamian Artist Peter Johnston was visited by established Sculptor Dr. Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of Art during the weekend of June 30. The Visit took place at Johnston’s Studio in Little Harbour, Abaco.
His wife and a film crew accompanied Dr. Miyata from Japan. The television show was produced by Japan's public broadcasting channel as part of a cultural exchange documentary.
Dr. Miyata met with Johnston to discuss the subject matter of both artists work, which happens to be marine life and Dolphins. Johnston who is a well-known Bahamian sculptor operates the only bronze-casting studio in the Bahamas. Dr. Miyata came to see the unique process. Casting bronze includes melting a copper alloy to almost two thousand degrees and pouring into hollow molds made from the original sculpture. Mr. Johnston’s sons, Gregory and Tyler assisted in the casting process, both are artists as well.
After enjoying lunch at the famous Pete's Pub, the two artists went diving together and explored one of the protected reefs near Little Harbour.
Peter Johnston said "It has been an honor and a pleasure to have Dr. Miyata, his wife, and the crew here visiting us in the Bahamas. He is very charismatic person and a fantastic artist. I hope this documentary will lead to more cultural exchanges between our two nations. This was an experience I will not soon forget."
Left to right: Peter Johnston Artist, Dr. Miayta, Mr. Miyata, Tyler Johnston Artist.
Left to Right: Koichi Ogiwara Cameraman, Shigeru Furushima Underwater Cameraman, Sho Nagashina Director, Tyler Johnston Artist