photo Kiyotsugu Nakagawa

Kiyotsugu Nakagawa

My works are produced with a woodwork technique aligning straight grains, in which wood sections are precisely assembled and carefully matched. They are particularly characterized by geometric patterns and make use of materials buried in the ground. Timber buried underground becomes semi-petrified and some Japanese cedars are around 2,600 years old. By making full use of the beauty and unique qualities of such material, my pieces have their own feel and special shades of color.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Wood
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Wood crafts)

Career

  • 1961
    Studied under his father NAKAGAWA Kameichi
  • 1972
    Selected for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Submitted successively to date
  • 1974
    Studied under TAKEUCHI Hekigai
  • 1978
    Kyoto Craft Arts Selection Exhibition
    His work was purchased by Kyoto Prefecture
  • 1983
    His work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 1984
    Judge at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Held the post to date
  • 1984
    Solo exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
  • 1989
    His work was purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
  • 1993
    Solo exhibition at Matsuzakaya main store (Nagoya)
  • 1994
    Solo exhibition at Ginza WAKO Hall
  • 1999
    His work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2001
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder
  • 2002
    His work was purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • 2003
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2005
    Produced inlaid wooden furnishing goods for the Kyoto State Guest House
  • 2008
    Restored woodenwares on NHK TV’s “Challenging the Mysteries of the Yayoi”
  • 2008
    Kyoto City Person of Cultural Merit
  • 2009
    Recorded a documentary for the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2009
    His work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs

Award

  • 1973
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the Japan Kogei Association Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 1974
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the Japan Kogei Association Kinki Branch Exhibition
  • 1975
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1978
    Received the Excellence Award at the Kyoto Craft Arts Exhibition
  • 1983
    Received the Nikkei Inc. Award at the Japan Kogei Association Kinki Branch Exhibition
    Received the Chairman of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1988
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the Traditional Bamboo and Wood Exhibition
  • 2003
    Received the Service Award at the Kyoto Cultural Awards