Onishi Gallery , Stand n° 

Vivid Pink, 2019 - Tsuruta Ichiro

Tsuruta Ichiro Vivid Pink, 2019

Lady in New York, 2019 - Tsuruta Ichiro

Tsuruta Ichiro Lady in New York, 2019

Vivid Yellow, 2019 - Tsuruta Ichiro

Tsuruta Ichiro Vivid Yellow, 2019

POI - Usatan, 2019 - Ochiai Yusuke

Ochiai Yusuke POI - Usatan, 2019

POI, 2019 - Ochiai Yusuke

Ochiai Yusuke POI, 2019

A Messenger of Love 02, 2019 - Ochiai Yusuke

Ochiai Yusuke A Messenger of Love 02, 2019

Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018 - Ozeri Yigal

Ozeri Yigal Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018

BUSTLE 03, 2016 - Sudo Shun

Sudo Shun BUSTLE 03, 2016

Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017 - Yasokichi IV Tokuda

Yasokichi IV Tokuda Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017

Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998 - Yukie Ōsumi

Yukie Ōsumi Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998

Mokume-gane Vase, 2013 - Ryuhei Sako

Ryuhei Sako Mokume-gane Vase, 2013

Exhibiting Artists

  • Ichiro Tsuruta  (+)

    Biography : Ichiro Tsuruta was born in Kumamoto Prefecture and now lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from high school, Tsuruta continued on to Tama Art University, where he majored in graphic design. The time Tsuruta spent at university was during an era when Super-realism was sweeping over the design world. He mastered the use of an airbrush by himself, and drew in the style that was in fashion at that time. After creating work that was heavily influenced by the West, he started to contemplate ways in which he could unite Japanese styles like ukiyo-e with Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the West. This led him to bijin-ga paintings of beautiful women which was developed as wood block prints from the 17th to 19th centuries. Thus he converted from the Western-style realism, which involves drawing with an adept technique in order to look like a photograph, into producing delicate and symbolic Japanese-style portraits.

    Exhibition : 2019: Solo Exhibition "Bijin-ga", Onishi Gallery, NY, US; Asia Week New York, US
    2018: Solo Exhibition, Yamakataya, Kagoshima, Japan; Solo Exhibition at Shimada Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
    2017: Solo Exhibition at Anrakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
    2015: Japan-Korea Art Exchange Exhibition, Daejeon, South Korea; Solo Exhibition at Anrakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
    2014: Solo Exhibition at Shimada Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Solo Exhibition at Ishibashi Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan

    Detailed Description : "Tsuruta-style bijin-ga paintings” were exposed to the public in a wide range of media from posters to magazines, television, and more in the 1980s and 90s. Through his bijin-ga paintings, Japanese concepts of beauty are successfully translated into Western notions of fashion and art, as he continues to pursue the ultimate reflection of "beauty."

    Artist's Objects:

    • Tsuruta Ichiro - Vivid Yellow, 2019 Vivid Yellow, 2019
    • Tsuruta Ichiro - Lady in New York, 2019 Lady in New York, 2019
    • Tsuruta Ichiro - Vivid Pink, 2019 Vivid Pink, 2019

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  • Ōsumi Yukie (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Ōsumi Yukie was designated Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the fist female metalwork artist to receive this honor in history. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shirō (1907-1994), and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996). She also trained as an artist in the United Kingdom for a year under the sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has received many honors and awards, and most recently in 2014, was the first to be awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. Ōsumi applies the traditional technique nunome zōgan, or textile imprint inlay, in her works. This involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the metal surfaces. Ōsumi creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. Through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams, she strives to create an affinity with nature as formless and flowing.

    Exhibition : 2015-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
    2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

    Artist's Objects:

    • Yukie Ōsumi - Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998 Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998

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  • Sako Ryuhei  (+)

    Biography : Sako Ryuhei born in Okayama Prefecture, graduated from Hiroshima City University in the Department of Design and Applied Arts in 1999, and then earned his master’s degree in 2002 from the same institution. Sako Ryuhei creates pieces using Mokume-gane, a Japanese metal technique dating back to the 17th century. First, very thin different colored alloyed metal sheets are layered and bonded. Then the layers are cut into, or drilled and reworked. Achieving a successful lamination takes a very skilled artist, and although his work is based on research and experimentation using this tradition process, he manages to create very contemporary pieces. In 2004, he became a member of the Nihon Kōgekai (Japanese Jandcrafts Association) and in 2013, during his first exhibition outside Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of his pieces for their public collection.

    Exhibition : 2017-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016-2018: PAD London, UK
    2016: The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
    2013-2015: Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
    2014: Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
    2013: Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum Gallery, Nagano, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima, Japan; Machiko Hasegawa Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    Artist's Objects:

    • Ryuhei Sako - Mokume-gane Vase, 2013 Mokume-gane Vase, 2013

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  • Shun Sudo  (+)

    Biography : Shun Sudo, born in 1977 and based in Tokyo, has been deeply influenced by American pop culture throughout his career. After travels across the United States in his 20s, he returned to Japan in his 30s to begin work on paintings that allude to both his creative roots in traditional Japanese culture and contemporary street cultures of Western societies. Integrating both of these influences into his aesthetic sensibilities, Sudo created classic Japanese sumi-e brush stroke paintings covered by graffiti pop art to produce innovatively animated artwork that awakens the eye, mind, and spirit. In this featured series, Innocent Forest, Sudo references specific inspiration sources: Ito Jakuchu, a famous Japanese painter of the 18th century, and Akira Toriyama, a contemporary popular Japanese animation artist. Jakuchu illustrated scenes with imaginary birds, animals, flower and plants, merging this world with make-believe through bright colors and modern design. Toriyama draws influences from Disney animation to Chinese novels to Jackie Chan films, creating cartoonish characters, animals, and deities. Sudo’s current series pays particular homage to Jakuchu’s rooster and Toriyama’s animation worlds. Visit the Innocent Forest and you encounter a bright yellow fawn covered with black vegetal designs and a pointed tail, a proud rooster figure wearing royal red booties and a decorative cape, puffed up petals jumping out from their flower centers, birds in flight, and flowers, trees, and majestic mountains filling the backgrounds of these fantastical worlds. With spirited strokes and dynamic characters, Sudo guides you through his imaginary kingdom, parallel to our own reality, connecting both through tradition, passion, and creativity.

    Exhibition : 2019: Solo Exhibition "SOLITUDE", Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    2018: Art Miami, FL; “Nine Colors,” Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    2017: Art New York, NY; “Paint Over,” solo exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY
    2016: Aqua Art Miami, FL; “Paint Over,” Solo Exhibition, Nakame Gallery Street, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SCOPE Miami Beach, FL; “Paint Over,” Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY; Bushwick Open Studios, NY FIGARO Paris Store, France
    2014: THE SITE Renewal, Tokyo, Japan
    2013: TOPMAN Store, Tokyo, Vince Store, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Craig Robins Collection

    Artist's Objects:

    • Sudo Shun - BUSTLE 03, 2016 BUSTLE 03, 2016

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  • Tokuda Yasokichi IV  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1961, Tokuda Yasokichi IV succeeded her father, Tokuda Yasokichi III, a revered Kutani potter and a “Living National Treasure” artist. Tokuda inherited the techniques of their family style of Kutani porcelain production, that features say glazing. Tokuda’s personal sensibility as a female artist lends her a unique perspective on the tradition that is reflected in her choices of color and interpretations of form. Tokuda is one of few female heads of a traditional potting lineage in Japan, due to those succeeding the family are most often male. However, her father decided to pass on the family’s name and practice to her. It was a challenge to make a place for herself as head artist of the family tradition in a still male=dominated social structure, but Tokuda successes in defining her own signature style and creative voice all on her own.

    Exhibition : 2013-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016: The 72nd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan; The Power of Colors, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US; Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; 360th Anniversary Kutaniyaki Exhibition, Kutaniyaki Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
    2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
    2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists
    2012: Selected for the Inaugural Biennale of the Tea Ceremony Today - Utility and Form, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: British Museum, London, UK; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts, US; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan

    Artist's Objects:

    • Yasokichi IV Tokuda - Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017 Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017

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  • Yigal Ozeri  (+)

    Biography : New York City based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri is best known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of distinctive young women in rich prodigious landscapes. With tinges of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics, Ozeri brings an ethereal and uninhibited sensibility to his paintings. His portraits denote art historical foundations in romanticism, while also offering contemporary notions of sensual femininity. Rooted in Carl Jung’s concept of anima, Ozeri’s depictions of a revitalized connectivity to nature prompt a confrontation of subconscious effeminate identity, and reinstate the beauty of innocent authentic experience. His photo-realistic oil paintings convey the spirit of his subjects, giving way to a seductive power. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Ozeri Yigal - Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018 Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018

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  • Yusuke Ochiai  (+)

    Biography : Yusuke Ochiai, born in Tokyo in 1977, became entranced with the radiant colors of his surrounding Japanese landscape at five years old, mixing and matching materials ever since. Today, he lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn and has been participating in Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn since 2012, continuing to display his interest in vibrant colors through his work as a New York City street artist. Building on this playful engagement with New York City’s public in his first U.S.-based solo exhibition, “POI: A Messenger of Love,” Ochiai introduced “Poi”-related creations—artworks that variously represent his muse named “Poi” (short for “Path Of Imagination”). As Ochiai explains this character, “I found him through my own imagination but now Poi manifests himself in countless forms, on canvas, in concrete, and with paint immersing himself in the colors I absorb. Poi gives me the happiness that I hope to bring to the world.” He notes that these visual expressions “represent my emotions and experiences at that particular moment of my life – whether stemming from reality or my own imagined dreamscapes.” Colorful, large paintings fill walls like bursts of energy, all centered on depictions of Poi. Borders of creeping flowers, concentric circles of color evoking the mandala, and bright, otherworldly orbs of light frame the unique figure. Ochiai’s works are colorful swirls of love and lust, earthly experience and otherworldly possibility. The paintings pull in viewers to share a moment of connection with Poi, this messenger of love, and envision a dream of another reality.

    Exhibition : 2018: Art Miami, FL
    2017: “POI - A Messenger of Love”, Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY
    2012-2017: Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Craig Robins Collection

    Artist's Objects:

    • Ochiai Yusuke - A Messenger of Love 02, 2019 A Messenger of Love 02, 2019
    • Ochiai Yusuke - POI, 2019 POI, 2019
    • Ochiai Yusuke - POI - Usatan, 2019 POI - Usatan, 2019

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Other Represented Artists

  • Mochizuki Shū  (+)

    Biography : Mochizuki Shū was born in Tokyo and studied ceramics at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. A Tokyo native, he also built his first kiln there. His signature ceramic works are decorated with red paintings called akae, one of the traditional under-glaze painting techniques used in Japanese pottery. Wares with this warm red color, first discovered in the town of Arita in the 17th century, has long been adored by ceramic collectors and connoisseurs. The artist adds to this traditional red hue by using more brick reds in order to depict seasonal flowers by highlighting their freshness. On its milky white surface, the glaze holds characteristic feldspar spots achieved by the miraculous firing process in the kiln. The clay, made from the artist’s original recipe, peeks through the glaze, giving the vessels a lively, organic, and earthly aesthetic. Mochizuki has held solo exhibitions at many galleries, including at the Tokyo Mitsukoshi Department Gallery. His Flattened Vase with Lotus Flowers is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design, New York.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013–2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2015: Japan Traditional Kōgei Association Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan 2011: Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Japanese Imperial Household Agency; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US

  • Saeki Moriyoshi  (+)

    Biography : Born to a sculptor father in Utsunomiya city, Saeki Moriyoshi began studying ceramics in the Department of Crafts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he graduated with a master’s degree in 1977. His talents were quickly recognized even as a student through participation in juried competitions such as the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. After working at a commercial pottery studio in Mashiko, Saeki established his own kiln in 1981 and has since been working there independently. Saeki is one of a handful of ceramists who work with inlays or zogan, a decorative technique in which incised motifs on the surface of the bisque are filled with different colors or types of clay. He is, however, fluent in both pictorial and abstract patterning in his works and is especially known for the poetic landscape imagery he creates on vessels with the exquisite inlay techniques. Saeki’s signature images on his vessels are Japanese landscapes of lakes, forests (especially of Japanese zelkova trees), and mountains executed in this inlay technique, and not with enamel painting techniques typically used to create such images. In addition to ceramic production, Saeki is involved with education of the younger generations through academic programs and by participating in artist exchange programs in China, Korea, and Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 1981: Establish independent studio in Haga, Tochigi Prefecture 1988: Award of Excellence at International Ceramics Exhibition 1989: Toguchi Prefecture Cultural Incitement Award 1991: Recipient of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Education Committee Award for Marbled Clay Vase with Inlaid Tree Design 2004: Gold Prize recipient at the Otagi Village Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibitions, the Issui-kai Award at the 66th Issui-kai Ceramics Exhibition 2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, Onishi Gallery, New York

    Detailed Description : Public Collections: Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Archives; Shiga Prefectural Togei No Mori; Sano City Yoshizawa Memorial Museum of Art; Museum of Kyushu Sangyo University, the Imperial Household Agency

  • Eno Masatake  (+)

    Biography : Eno Masatake explores the technique yu-byo (glaze-painting) in his polychrome porcelain works. This unique method of porcelain painting whereby colors are applied on glazed bisque ware before firing was first developed by the porcelain artist pioneer Fujimoto Yoshimichi (1919–1972). Fujimoto received the title Important Intangible Cultural Asset in 1986 for perfecting this technique which allowed for more nuanced pictorial expressions on porcelain. Akin to Japanese-style or ink painting, the detail involved in yu-byo was previously unattainable by conventional porcelain painting techniques. Eno inherited this technique from Fujimoto’s student, Matsuoka Nobuhiko. Eno has been fascinated by this distinctive yu-byo technique because it enables him to work with both the austerity of porcelain and softer motifs by matte-glazing and pigment absorption on glazes through several firings for a work. He is also interested in exploring the interrelationship between the vessel’s form and designs, which are often of flowers and plants covering the surface. Since 2009 the artist has been operating his own kiln in Yoshida-cho, Shizuoka prefecture, and continues his endeavors in polychrome porcelain production.

    Exhibition : Artist Exhibitions: 2013: Asia Week New York 2009: Built Kiln in Yoshida-cho, Shizuoka prefecture, started own studio   Tokai Dento Kogei Exhibition 2006-present: Issuikai Togeibu Exhibition 2006: Dento Kogei Shinsaku(New Traditional Craft) Exhibition/dd> 2005: Dento Kogei Shinsaku(New Traditional Craft) Exhibition 2003: New prize Dento Kogei Shinsaku(New Traditional Craft) Exhibition

  • Hagino Noriko  (+)

    Biography : Hagino Noriko works with a technique called hagiwase, metal forging and heat welding, which she learned from Living National Treasure Skiya Shirō (1907-1994). Intrigued by Sekiya's works, Hagino became an apprentice in Sekiya's studio upon graduating from Musashino Art Junior College. From the inception of her design to the arduous process of hammering metal, Hagino takes almost six months to complete each project. She uses the natural hues of the metals as colors to create fluid patterns on her work, silver becoming white, copper becoming red, and an alloy of a mix of gold and copper becoming gold.

    Exhibition : 2016-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: The 20th Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan; The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2016: The 63rd Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2010: Art Crafts in the 21st Century - Eye of the World, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan 2004: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Peter Hamann

  • Hannya Taiju  (+)

    Biography : Hannya Taiju was born in Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture, which flourished as a cast metal producing locality dating back over 400 years. In the foundry that he operates with his father Tamotsu, numerous metals such as cast iron, iron sand, bronze, brass and sahari (an alloy of copper, tin and lead) are melted and made into art castings. Hannya works in the fukiwake method, in which three different metals are individually poured into a mold within five seconds of each other. Due to the different melting points of the three metals, they form distinguished patterns rather than being mixed together. Taiju and his father Tamotsu are the only known artists to have ever made three0metal cast pieces. Hannya uses the designs of the separate metals to create mystical weavings characterized by artistsic contrasting and curving gestures. The characteristic of fukiwake is the mysterious gradation patterns created by the complex mixture of different metals. This distinctive expression is unique to fukiwake and cannot be achieved by any other metalworking technique, and can be linked to ink painting and calligraphy, which represent the Japanese arts. It is impossible to predict how the metal poured into the sand covered mold will flow and mix. Even when two fukiwake pieces are produced simultaneously under the same conditions, they will not result in the same expression in design. Among the many awards Hannya Taiju received, in 2006, at The 35th Traditional Crafts Japanese Metalwork Exhibition, he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award.

    Exhibition : 2017-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: International Hokuriku Kōgei Summit, Toyama, Japan 2015: The Best of Toyama: Kōgei Art and Design from Japan, Onishi Gallery, New York, US; The 54th Japan Traditional Kōgei Toyama Exhibition, Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama, Japan; Contemporary Japanese Kōgei, Onishi Gallery, New York, NY 2014: The 20th Takaoka Art Museum Exhibition, Toyama, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama, Japan

  • Hotate Tsuyoshi  (+)

    Biography : Hotate Tsuyoshi was born in Chiba prefecture and studied at Chuo University. He established his kiln within the outskirts of the Tokyo metropolitan area. In his various forms such as vases and plates, the artist applies inlays of neutral colored strips over soft gray surfaces. A unique characteristic in his works is the use of clay that contains metal that turns into different gradients of black upon firing. Since the base of the clay is black, the grey does not appear intrusive but remains subtle. His abstract designs showing the delicate transition from a dark hue to light gray and then to white, are inspired from the sky after a storm, when the sun lightly illuminates white and grey clouds. By using various firing methods and tools such as a sponge, he is also able to give the surface of his works unique textures; patterns are created by shaving the surfaces and applying inlays of colored clay. Hotate has exhibited his works at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts and at the Japan Fine Arts exhibitions. The artist has received numerous awards in Japan, including a recent prize at the Kikuchi Biennale, one of the most prestigious competitions for contemporary ceramicists in Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2015–2016: Asia Week, New York, US 2014-2015: TOBI Exhibition, Takashimaya, Tokyo 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Living National Treasures and Other Masters, Embassy of Japan, Washington DC Asia Week New York 2014, Onishi Gallery, NY 2012: Ceramic Art Foundation Exhibition, National Art Center, Tokyo

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Shingaku Temple

  • Imaizumi Imaemon XIV (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : In 2014, Imaizumi Imaemon XIV received the ultimate distinction as the youngest artist in Japan at the age of 51 to be designated a Living National Treasure. Iro-Nabeshima, a Polychrome, enamel painted porcelain, was developed during the Edo period (1615-1868) under the support of the Nabeshima domain in the current-day Saga prefecture. Highly praised for the meticulous enamel designs with both Asian and Western motifs, Nabeshima ware has been one of the most celebrated porcelains in Japan and abroad. Imaizumi Imaemon became the 14th generation head of this lineage after studying traditional metalwork in college and working in the product design industry. Among the artist’s signature techniques is sumi-hajiki, a dyeing process that takes advantage of the repellent nature of sumi ink by creating patterns on white porcelain prior to firing. Imaizumi’s personality emerges in the combination of both classical motifs (plum and hydrangea) and modern designs (snowflakes). In 2009, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013-2018: Aisa Week, New York, US 2018: Iromabeshima of Imaemon, Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 2017: 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Creating Hadicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US Japan from Prehistory to the Present, British Museum, London, UK 2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US 2012: Japan: Land of Enchantments, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK.

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: British Museum, London, UK; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan

  • Isezaki Jun (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Isezaki Jun, the second son of potter Isezaki Yōzan, is one of the most renowned masters of Bizen pottery, a traditional ware that emerged nearly a thousand years ago in the Inde district of Bizen, Okayama prefecture. He is the fifth artist of Bizen pottery to be designated a Living National Treasure by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. Isezaki brings back the anagama traditional kiln form, that is dug into a hillside like a tunnel. Of significance in Bizen pottery production is the yakishime style glaze - glazes that are the results of natural wood ash and burn-products that occur in the kilns during the firing process. Isezaki, therefore, emphasizes the importance of the placement of his works inside the kiln. Even as an experienced potter, the artist cannot completely predict how the works will turn out; the firing process often brings out unexpected beauty that even the artist does not plan. The finest works are often results of the combination of careful design and fortuity. Isezaki’s works, which have bloomed from tradition, continue to emerge and expand in exciting new ways. His works have been exhibited and collected by major museums in the world such as by the British Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2014–2018: Asia Week, New York, US SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US 2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 2015: The Three-Cornered World, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2008: Solo exhibition, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK 2006: Beauty of Japanese Ceramics for 100 Years’ Exhibition, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan 2004: Charm of Bizen Pottery Exhibition, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Kasama, Japan 1997: Traditional Beauty of Bizen Pottery for 1000 years Exhibition, Musée National de Céramique, Paris, France

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: British Museum, London, UK; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, US; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan; Musée de Sèvres, Sèvres, France; Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

  • ITO Sekisui V (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Itō Sekisui V, a 14th generation ceramic potter, was recognized for his work in mumyōi in 2003 when he was designated a Living National Treasure. Mumyōi is a reddish brown, ferric oxide clay extracted from gold mines native to Sado Island in Niigata prefecture, where the artist was born. After completing ceramic studies at Kyoto Technical University, Itō returned to Sado Island to experiment with mumyōi and create his signature aesthetic, red on black. Itō is known for neriage ware characterized by delicate patterns and created by layering and patching clay of different reddish brown tones. To bring out the vibrancy of the red, Itō does not apply glazes; rather, his firing technique, yōhen, uses different flame streams inside a wood-fired kiln. The areas directly hit by the flames create a black hue. Itō says that the creator’s destiny is to, “Bring forth what has never existed, something new and attractive.” In 2005, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon and in 2011, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Emperor of Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2015–2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2017: Ito Sekisui V: Red soil, New York, US The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Indianapolis Museum of Art, US 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, US; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, US; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, Japan; Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

  • Kobayashi Sawako  (+)

    Biography : Not only did Kobayashi Sawako study ceramics at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, but she holds a doctoral degree in fine art as well. Since completing her degrees in Tokyo in 2014, she has been working in her own ceramic studio in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa. Nerikomi is a contemporary Japanese term for a technique of creating patterns with colored clay. Kobayashi manipulates both the nerikomi and saiso techniques, the latter which includes scraping geologic stratum like layered colored clay. Kobayashi is one of the few Japanese ceramic artists who have worked to vigorously create a new phase in ceramic art history. Her artwork, with various layers, is intriguingly Japanese and very unique. Utilizing her contemplations of mingling reality and fantasy, her brightly colored creatures are represented on a more finely worked-out scale than anyone imagined.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2016: Asia Week, New York, US 2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US Solo exhibition, Ginza Kuroda Toen, Tokyo, Japan 2014: Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

  • Koyama Kōichi  (+)

    Biography : Koyama Kōichi studied ceramics at Tamagawa University. He set up his kiln Ryūsen-yō in the Yanaka district of downtown Tokyo where he was born and raised and has been working there independently. While teaching ceramics at local community and adult programs, he participated in juried exhibitions and competitions, quickly gaining recognition in the late 1990’s after receiving the Special Award at the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition. Seeking novel colors and textures, this artist never hesitates to explore new materials and methods in his over-glaze painted works, a technique previously not used in Japanese ceramic production. For example, metals are conventionally used in leaf- or pigment-form in creating decorative surfaces, but by applying them in innovative ways using chloride fluid, the artist is able to achieve the creation of original ceramic works, uniting fresh abstract patterns with new colors and techniques. The distinct and subdued blue tones, unlike the typical cobalt and enamel blues, are among his technical and artistic achievements that are highly regarded. In 2013, his work became part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US Japan Traditional Kōgei Association Exhibition, Moa Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan 2013: TOBI: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, New York Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, New York

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, US; Ōtaki Crafts Center, Date, Hokkaido, Japan

  • Maeda Hideo  (+)

    Biography : Born in Kumamoto, one of the most southern prefectures in Japan, Maeda Hideo grew up surrounded by lush greenery. He combines his knowledge of printmaking and inlay techniques to create ceramic wares with intricate geometric designs. The repetitive patterns seem endless like a brook running through rocky mountains or ripples that emerge onto the surface of a serene lake. Maeda’s aesthetic is inspired by nature, leaning towards earthly and neutral tones such as ochre, charcoal black, and white sand. The potteries are molded in the spirit of wabi-sabi, embracing the object’s simplicity, austerity, and modesty. Maeda is highly respected for the execution of his original oxidized inlay techniques. He has received many awards for his accomplishments and his works have been featured in numerous exhibitions such as at the Kumamoto Prefectural Craft Museum, Daimaru Department Store, and Tsuruya, among others.

    Exhibition : Artist Exhibitions: 2014: Asia Week New York Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY 2002: Solo Exhibition, Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center 2001-present: Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition 2000- present: Seibu Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition 1997-present: Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum

  • Maeta Akihiro (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Maeta Akihiro is a highly influential artist and is considered the leading white porcelain ceramicist of his generation. Maeta does not form his pieces on a potter’s wheel but uses the wheel only for the initial throw of his works. He forms the faceted designs of his pottery by hand, through free form sculpting and molding with just his fingers and palms. Then, prior to the glazing process, he uses a single blade to trim and erase any traces or marks of his hand. Finally, the works are fired in a relatively low temperature gas kiln. The resulting white porcelain sculptures are elegant tributes to simple beauty without excess. His porcelain works are uniquely pure, serene, and perfect. In 2007, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2016-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2013–2016: TEFAF, Maastricht, Netherlands 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Treasures of the World from The British Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 2009–2015: COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK 2014: Engendering Beauty, Preserving Techniques: Artworks by Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan Beauty of KOGEI: Art Crafts in Japan, Japan Foundation Asia Center, Singapore 2013: From Crafts to Kogei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: British Museum, London, UK; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan; Imperial Household Agency, Japan; The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan; Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, Japan; Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki, Japan; Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan; Higashihiroshima City Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan; Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan; Everson Museum of Art, New York, US; Musée Ariana, Switzerland; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, US; Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand

  • NAOYA  (+)

    Biography : NAOYA (b. 1958) began his artistic career in Japan by assisting his father, Nagae Rokuya, a major figurative sculptor who worked in wood. Nurturing his creativity in this familial context, NAOYA soon cultivated his own style and creative concepts, shaping representational figures out of wood and later bronze and FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) that express his own philosophical worldview. NAOYA populates the imaginary world that he designs, which he calls POLYKANTEN, with fairy-like children, animals with human personalities, and animistic goddesses. The creatures are all related, he says, although each one has its own reason for being. The monochromatic figures, painted entirely in white and made of FRP, stare at viewers with curious and blank expressions, begging for questions about the fantastical worlds they inhabit. Believing in the possibility and potential of multiple universes, NAOYA creates these characters from another world to visit with us here on Earth.

    Exhibition : 2018: Art Miami, FL 2017: Art New York, NY “The Wonderverse of POLYKANTEN,” Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY 2016: Aqua Art Miami, FL; Art Central, Hong Kong 2015: Scope Miami Beach, FL; New Context Conference Tokyo in collaboration with Digital Garage Inc. 2014: Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY; Solo Exhibition, Seto City Museum, Aichi, Japan; “Creators of Beauty,” Shikinen-sengu Museum, Ise, Japan 2013: Solo Exhibition, Gallery Nuage, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Kawasaki City Museum, Japan; Seto City Museum, Japan; Daikanyama DG Building, Japan; Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

  • Nakagawa Mamoru (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Nakagawa Mamoru, recognized for his outstanding mastery of zōgan (metal-inlay), was designated a Living National Treasure in 2004 at the age of 56, the second youngest in history. Nakagawa has been a seminal figure in revitalizing metal-metal-inlay as an important genre of decorative arts in Japan since it’s decline during the Meiji Restoration period. He has enlivened the traditionally monotone realm of metal casting with an unprecedented palette of colors. Since the zōgan technique is said to have originated around Turkey, the artist has traveled there many times, following the Silk Road, the cultural crossroads of eastern and western Asia. In 2008, he visited the United States on a cultural exchange fellowship from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. While on the fellowship in Washington, D.C., he taught a master class on Kaga zōgan technique at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

    Exhibition : 2013-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 1988-2013: The Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US 2008: SOFA, New York, US 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK 2004: Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark 1999: Mitsukoshi Etoile, Paris, France 1995: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Jingu Museum, Ise, Japan; Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Ohi Chozaemon Toyasai X  (+)

    Biography : To develop his own tea ceremony style, Lord Maeda Toshitsuna in 1666 invited the Urasenke tea master, Senso Sōshitsu, to his court in Kanazawa. The tea master brought the potter Chōzaemon Hodoan (1630–1712) with him from Kyoto, and he became the first Ōhi Chōzaemon. Ōhi (both a family and ware name) works are closely associated with Raku ware, as Chōzaemon studied with a Raku master in Kyoto. By the time of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Raku ware made by the Ōhi family was used exclusively by the Maeda clan for tea ceremonies. Ōhi Chōzaemon Toyasai X was the head of this important lineage of potters who specialize in tea ceramics, until he was recently succeeded by his son, Ōhi Toshio Chōzaemon XI. He is among the best known of contemporary Japanese ceramicists and received the Order of Cultural Merit from the Emperor of Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2016–2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2014: The Ōhi Inheritance Exhibition: As the Legend Continues, Nippon Club Gallery, New York, US 2003-2011: Solo Exhibition, Wako Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US; Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy, Nancy, France; Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

  • Ohi Chozaemon Toyasai X  (+)

    Biography : Ōhi Toshio Chōzaemon XI is the 11th generation head of his familys lineage. He illustrates this legacy of Ōhi ware in bowls and other items for tea ceremonies, both utilitarian and purely aesthetic. Ōhi earned a master’s degree in fine art from Boston University and in addition, his many opportunities aboard enabled him to develop his own perspective and understanding of his family’s Ōhi ware. His sharp forms and nuanced colors are the results of both the long Ōhi ware tradition and the artist’s inspirational journeys around the world. In 2015, he received the Japan Prime Minister Award at The 54th Japan Contemporary Kōgei Exhibition, which was held at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013–2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2018: Real Japan in Kanazawa, Isetan, SingaporeUS 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, JapanUS 2016: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2015: Japanese Kōgei: Future Forward, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2013: Art Crafting towards the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, US; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, US; Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland; Design Museum Gent, Belgium; Sèvres Ceramics Museum, Sèvres, France; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, US; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

  • Sakaida Kakiemon XIV (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Kakiemon is a colorful and decorative style of porcelain, named after the illustrious family who perfected porcelain wares in Arita, Kyushu. Since the early Edo period (1615–1868), Kakiemon porcelains have been exported to Europe and treasured all over the world. Sakaida Kakiemon, the fourteenth generation head of the Kakiemon family, specialized in porcelain that demonstrates strong compositional motifs. He trained in Nihonga, a style of Japanese painting prior to working in porcelain with his grandfather (Kakiemon XII, 1878-1963) and his father (Kakiemon XIII, 1906-1982). In 2001, Sakaida Kakiemon was designated a Living National Treasure for his excellence in over-glazed enamel porcelains. His works harmoniously combine traditional colors and motifs in the Kakiemon style with his own contemporary aesthetic, cultivated through his training as a Nihonga painter. The beauty of Kakiemon porcelain lies not only in the finished product but in its perfect balance between the richly colored and delicately executed enamel paintings against the pristine white grounds of negative space. Nigoshide (milk-white base), a white porcelain base unique to Kakiemon porcelain, was invented in the late 17th century by the first Kakiemon generation. In the 18th century, Kakiemon’s porcelain production came to a halt. It was Kakiemon XIII, Sakaida Kakiemon’s father, who succeeded in reviving the family tradition. In 1955, the nigoshide technique was designated an Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013–2017: Asia Week, New York, US 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2011: Artisanship and Aesthetic of Japan and Thailand, Bangkok National Museum, Thailand 2010: Kakiemon, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Netherlands 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; British Museum, London, UK; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

  • Sakaida Kakiemon XV  (+)

    Biography : Sakaida Kakiemon XV took on the challenge of producing Arita pottery in Saga Prefecture at age 26, when he decided to learn to use the potter’s wheel. In 2014, upon the death of his father, Kakiemon XIV, who was a Living National Treasure, Sakaida became the 15th generation head of the family. As the eldest son, he said, “I had known that I would have to inherit the pottery tradition someday. I hope to work in a way that will not disgrace this name, which has been handed down for many years.” The Kakiemon style, dating back to the mid-17th century during the early Edo Period (1603–1868), is known for combining a milky white base called nigoshide with colorful painting. Although Arita porcelain has received international recognition, Kakiemon XV said he has come to think of it as “unfinished work.” At a ceremony to celebrate the assumption of the title, Kakiemon XV said he wants to return to the 17th century style, which he believes achieves a sense of unity with the nigoshide painting mix. After several trials, he ceased to use red, which is symbolic of the Kakiemon style.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2016-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan Kakiemon, Toguri Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan 2016: Arita Porcelain Today, The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi, Fukuoka, Japan 2015: Kakiemon: Artistic and Aesthetic Traditions, Kyushu National Museum, Fukuoka, Japan 2014: Commemmorating the Succession: The Fifteenth Generation Sakaida Kakiemon Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; British Museum, London, UK; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Suzuki Miki  (+)

    Biography : Suzuki Miki was born in Bizen, Okayama and is the oldest son of the distinguished ceramist Suzuki Kōichi (1942– ). Eager to learn about different traditions of ceramic works outside of his hometown, he went to Kyoto and studied at the Ceramic Training School. After his graduation, he went on to study with the ceramist Okamoto Akira (1941– ). His most recent invention is ao-Bizen or blue-Bizen, a specific blue color achieved by a delicate firing process, not by glazing or applying pigments. He is also known for application of white clay to the blue surface, using itchin, a decorative technique that creates curvilinear white patterns of hakudei-mon, or clay. This method is new to Bizen wares, which have a long history, beginning with Sue-ki or the gray and unglazed stone wares that Korean immigrants brought to Japan in the 5th or 6th century. Suzuki’s goal is to harmoniously combine traditional Bizen with new and ambitious techniques. He wishes to embrace history while still seeking to explore many exciting possibilities. In 2013, his work became part of the permanent collection at the Worcester Art Museum.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2012: Arts of the Tea Ceremony, Tanabe Museum of Art, Shimane, Japan 2009: Heritage: Japanese Works by Contemporary Artists, Onishi Gallery, New York

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, US

  • Tokuda Yasokichi III (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Tokuda Yasokichi III was one of the world’s most famous Kutani potters. Born in Ishikawa prefecture, he was designated a Living National Treasure in 1997 for his mastery of the saiyu glaze technique. Yasokichi III was the one responsible for innovating this glaze technique which was based on traditional Kutani colored glaze enamels. He developed techniques handed down from his grandfather, Tokuda Yasokichi I (1873–1956) and later, his father, Tokuda Yasokichi II (1907–1997). Through his saiyu glaze (vivid enamel glaze) technique, Yasokichi III created his own designs characterized by delicate shading and beautiful color contrasts. His honors include the acceptance into The Issui-kai Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition (1958), and multiple prizes such as the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association Chairman’s Award (1977), the Grand Prize of The International Pottery and Porcelain Exhibition (1990), and the Medal with Purple Ribbon given by the Emperor of Japan (1993).

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: The 72nd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan The Power of Colors, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan 2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; British Museum, London, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, US; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

  • Tsuruta Yoshitaka  (+)

    Biography : Inspired by the abundance of nature surrounding his studio in the majestic Yatsugatake Mountains in Yamanashi prefecture, Tsuruta recreates fantastic landscapes on the surface of his simple monochrome vessels. The artist successfully renders natural scenes into abstract forms in a symbolic and austere way in his works, with the gradation of monotone colors and snow- or sand-like textures. He composes images, not by painting directly with the brush, but by indirectly applying white diluted engobes in simple belt shapes onto a gray base multiple times, by the meticulous manipulation of masking tape. Tsuruta has held solo exhibitions in Japan at venues such as the Ginza Matsuya Department Store and his works are widely collected by private collectors in the United States. In 2013, his work became part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Johnson Museum of Art at Cornel University.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists, Onishi Gallery, New York

  • Yoshita Minori (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : The Yoshita family runs the Nishikiyama kiln, which specializes in aka-e kinrande, a highly decorative porcelain technique involving gold and red enamel painting in brocade-patterns on Kutani wares from Ishikawa. In 1951, Yoshita Minori, who had been making pottery since high school, took over the family business and became the 3rd generation head of the family. Since then, he has been experimenting with various traditional techniques characteristic to the Nishikiyama Kiln while refining them in innovative ways. The artist is recognized for his graceful application of yūri-kinsai, an underglazed gold decorative porcelain developed during the 1960s in Kanazawa, in which gold-leaf cutouts are applied prior to glazing rather than painted by brush. Yoshita’s technique is a perfect marriage of elegant Kutani porcelain traditions with kinpaku or gold-leaf, the highly prized local product of the former Kaga domain, Ishikawa. His method opened a new frontier in the world of gold-colored porcelains in Japan and he is regarded as the premier artist of this technique. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon, and in 2006, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Emperor of Japan.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013–2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 2014: Japan from Prehistory to the Present, British Museum, London, UK Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US 2012: Japan: Land of Enchantments, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., US; British Museum, London, UK; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan

  • Yoshita Yukio  (+)

    Biography : Born into the Yoshita family of porcelain artists and the son of Living National Treasure, Yoshita Minori (b. 1932), Yukio forged an independent style in his work that echoes the traditional Kutani overglaze techniques of his native Kanazawa. At the same time, his work reflects his own aesthetic sensibilities. Yoshita’s experimentation with colors such as the faded pastel shades that recall frescoes of the Italian Renaissance and the poetic representations of color akin to watercolor drawings on porcelain surfaces, are his special achievements. His works standout among the bold-colors and smooth surfaces of traditional Kutani ware, and he applies pastel matte glazes to the white porcelain bodies of elegant vessels, often painted in overlapping or blurred abstract patterns. He also uses metallic gold overglazes to highlight the designs. In 2017, for the first time, Yoshita introduced Kinzangama Kiln which was founded in 1906 by the Yoshita family to Maison & Objet, Paris.

    Exhibition : Selected Exhibitions: 2013-2018: Asia Week, New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Craft Arts: Innovation of “Tradition and Avant-Garde,” and the Present Day, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 2015: Kikuchi Biennale, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan 2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US 2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists 2011: Contemporary Kōgei Art Fair, Tokyo International Forum, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana US; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Komatsu City Museum, Ishikawa, Japan; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan

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Onishi Gallery has successfully promoted Japanese arts and culture as a liaison between the Japanese government, major US museums and cultural institutions since 2005. Within the heart of Chelsea's Art District, the gallery focuses on introducing young Japanese contemporary artists as well as established artists, known as, Living National Treasures, to the US art market.

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