photo Yoshito Yamashita

Yoshito Yamashita

The characteristics of the kinma (incised and colour-filled decoration) technique are the painstaking repetition of wide-ranging engraving and color filling. This process with its dozens of layers of pale to deep colored lacquer enables the intricate expression of color lacquer gradation. Sometimes the maki-e technique is jointly used to add extra beauty. With the free use of these techniques, YAMASHITA produces his works with distinctive designs inspired by the realm of nature. His style, earning the highest praise, is artistically outstanding and expresses the subtle vitality and poetic sentiment of nature.

Work

Detail

  • Category
    URUSHIWORK
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Carrer

  • 1951
    Born in Shinzai-Kawakubo-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
  • 1970
    Studied under the Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder in “Kinma” (Living National Treasure) ISOI Masami
  • 1976
    Studied under the Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder in “Kinma” (Living National Treasure) TAGUCHI Yoshikuni
  • 1977
    Received the Incentive Award at the 17th Exhibition of New Works of Traditional Art Crafts
  • 1980
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1985
    Judge and Jury Member at the 28th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Shikoku Branch Exhibition. Held the posts to date
    Received the Otomaru Lacquerware Research Incentive Foundation Award
  • 1990
    Participated in the Pola Art Foundation’s “Seeking the Roots of Kinma” film-crew travelling around Myanmar and Thailand
  • 1991
    Judge at the 8th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works. Held the post to date
  • 1993
    Jury member at the 58th Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition. Held the post to date
  • 1996
    Judge at the 43rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Held the post to date
    Submitted to the “Rainbows and Shimmering Bridges – Contemporary Japanese Lacquerware” Exhibition (Denver, New York)
  • 1999
    Submitted to the 50 maîtres : les arts appliqués dans le Japon contemporain (Paris and Japan)
    Received the Takamatsu Cultural Incentive Award
  • 2000
    Supervised the restoration works of the ceilings decorated with Maki-e lacquer at the Konpiragu Shrine (Completed in 2004)
    Crafts study tour to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China
  • 2001
    Designated as an Intangible Cultural Property Holder by Kagawa Prefecture
  • 2003
    Offered a Maki-e painting to Kotohiragu Shrine
  • 2007
    Invited to submit to the Shikinen Sengu Memorial Museum Special Exhibition titled “Moon – In Line with the Utakai Hajime Theme”
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
    His studio was visited by His Royal Highness Prince Katsura. Offered a work as a gift
  • 2008
    Received the Kagawa Cultural Award
  • 2011
    Commended by Kagawa Prefecture for Distinguished Service in Education and Culture
  • 2013
    His work was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property
  • Present
    Head lecturer at the Urushi Lacquer Ware Institute
    Head lecturer at the Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts
    Councilor at the Japan Kogei Association
    Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder, Kagawa Prefectural Person of Cultural Merit

Prize

  • 1980
    Received the Governor’s Award at the 45th Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 1986
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 3rd Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1987
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award at the 4th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1989
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 36th Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    (The exhibited work was purchased by the Kagawa Cultural Hall)
  • 1994
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 41st Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    (The exhibited work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
  • 1995
    Received the 35th Shikoku Shimbun Cultural Award
  • 2005
    Priority submission at the 52nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, and awarded the Japan Kogei Association "Important Intangible Cultural Property" Holder's Prize
  • 2011
    Received the Japan Kogei Association "Important Intangible Cultural Property" Holder's Prize at the 58th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2012
    Received the Excellence Award at the 32nd POLA Traditional Culture Awards