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ART WORK

Body Ornament 2000 ~ 2014
.Kanshitsu is an excellent medium for jewellery as it can be formed into any shape and is very light and that by creatively using metal powder and leaf, shell inlay, and colour, the decorative possibilities where almost limitless.

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009, public collection: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2005

apsara, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2013

apsara, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2013

undercurrents, 2005, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall

undercurrents, 2005, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall

undercurrents, 2005, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2005

undercurrents, 2005

undercurrents, 2010, Fukushima Prefectural Museum

undercurrents, 2005

undercurrents, 2005

undercurrents, brooch

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009

2014, Gallery in the blue

under currents, Silver Shell, 2009

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009

under currents, Gallery Kunugi, 2009

Exhibition, Utsunomiya University, 2010

2013, URUSHI Exhibition - Looking toward Tradition and Future , Hishio – Centre for Cultural Exchange, Okayama

2013, Tochigi Prefectural

2013, Tochigi Prefectural

2013, Tochigi Prefectural Museum

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Noboru Takahashi, Sakurako Matsushima

Body Ornament - leaves -
Virtually all the materials I use in my works are from nature, including the urushi itself. My “leaves” work, for example, uses leaves and other natural items as a starting point. I use urushi to add expression, to ennoble the items.

 

leaves, 2013

leaves, 2013

leaves, 2013

leaves, solo show, Galerie Pousse, 2000, Private collection

leaves, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, 2005, Public collection: Hirishima City University

leaves, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, 2005

leaves, Solo show, Galerie Pousse, 2000

calyx, 2004

calyx, 2004

necklace, calyx, 2003

brooches, 2005

brooches, 2005

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Noboru Takahashi

Body Ornament 1989 ~ 2000
These are urushi body ornament work from 1989-2000. The base shapes are kanshitsu.

upper body ornament, 2000, public collection: Hiroshima City University

upper body ornament, 1995, private collection

upper body ornament, 1995

upper body ornament, 1995, private collection

upper body ornament, 1995

upper body ornament, 1995, private collection

upper body ornament, 1993

upper body ornament, 1993

upper body ornament, 1993, private collection

upper body ornament, 1993, private collection

upper body ornament, 1993, private collection

upper body ornament, 1993

upper body ornament, 1997, private collection

upper body ornament, 1997, public collection: Philadelphia Museum of Art

1998, private collection

upper body ornament, 2000

upper body ornament, 2000

upper body ornament, 2000, public collection:: Hiroshima City University

circle, 1990

circle, 1990

circle, 1990

upper body ornament.1989

upper body ornament.1989

upper body ornament.1989

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi

Object - for the walls -
This work is wall a sculpture made by the combining of kanshitsu parts. The base shapes are made of kanshitsu and the surface decoration is textured with urushi undercoating paste with tinted silver foil (銀箔), tin and gold powder. All my works are about the possibilities of kanshitsu, the freedom, lightness, and potential of the material.

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

Ablaze, 2015, Yakata Yusai

elements, 2012, Galerie Pousse, Public Collection: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

elements, 2012, Galerie Pousse

elements, 2012, Galerie Pousse

elements, 2012, Galerie Pousse, private collection

elements, 2012, Galerie Pousse,

Resonant Uruwashi Exhibition, Kitakata City Museum, Fukushima, 2012

Hishio – Centre for Cultural Exchange, Okayama, 2013

1992, Solo Exhibition, Infomuse, Tokyo

landing -1 detail, 1990

landing -1, 1999, private collection

landing -2, 1990, private collection

landing -3, 1992, privete collection

landing -4, 1992, private collection

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Sakurako Matsushima

Object - bamboo work -
These are coiled shape works. A special bamboo from Myanmar is used because of the extraordinarily long distance between the knots. A model using thin tape is first made. The bamboo is split into long thin strips. Using the strips, a frame is made that becomes the outside of the coil. Through the cut surface and overlapping bamboo strips, the vitality and momentum can be felt.

 

spiraled, Urushi Art Festival, Fukushima, 2011, collection: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

spiraled, 2011

spiraled, 2011

spiraled, 2011

spiraled, 2011

overtones -1, 2004

overtones -1, 2004

overtones - 4

overtones -3

overtones -2

overtones detail

overtones detail

overtones -5

solo exhibition, Gallery Kunugi, Tokyo, 2009

solo show, Urushi Art Festival, Fukushima, 2010

solo show, Urushi Art Festival, Fukushima, 2010

solo show, Galerie Pousse, 2003

Gallery Kunugi, Tokyo, 2009

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Sakurako Matsushima

Object - kanshitsu -
Because of its ability to be shaped into almost any form and its lightness, kanshitsu allows me to expand the potential of urushi art. These works are from 1994-2000.

kanshitsu work, Galerie Pousse, 1995

kanshitsu work, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, 1995

kanshitsu work, Galerie Pousse, 1995

kanshitsu work, Galerie Pousse, 1995

kanshitsu work, Galerie Pousse, 1993

kanshitsu work, Galerie Pousse, 1995

kanshitsu work, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, 1995

kanshitsu work

kanshitsu work

kanshitsu work

kanshitsu work

kanshitsu work

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Sakurako Matsushima

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