photo Norihiko Ogura

Norihiko Ogura

Mainly applying the kanshitsu (dry-lacquer) technique, OGURA produces his works with motifs of flowers and natural scenery.

He employs raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) and maki-e (sprinkled picture decoration) expression, and gives the fine appearance of shells by applying the warigai* technique to show the color through the shell, and thus depicts flowers in compositions of contrasting light and shade. In recent years, he has been studying new maki-e techniques with the free use of pictorial expression as found in watercolors.
*Mother-of-pearl shells cut into patterns and artificially cracked to provide ornamentation.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Lacquerware
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Japan Association for Urushi Cultural Heritage

Career

  • 1985
    Completed Urushi-Art Course, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo
    University of the Arts
    Served as a production assistant under TAGUCHI Yoshikuni, a holder of
    important intangible cultural property (to 1998)
  • 2000
    Invited to submit to Japanese Contemporary Urushi Art Exhibition,
    Jan Van Der Togt Museum, Holland, Wajima Museum of Urushi Art
    Solo exhibition ""Flowers and Scenery:Ogura Norihiko Urushi Art Exhibition,""
    Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store art salon
  • 2004
    Solo exhibition ""An Encounter over Four Seasons:Spinning Seasons,
    Ogura Norihiko Urushi Art Exhibition,"" Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store
    special selection art gallery)
  • 2007
    Invited to submit to 2nd International Modern Lacquer Arts Exhibition,
    Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 2008
    Committee member, International Lacquer Art Exhibition & Symposium,
    National Taiwan University of Arts
    Invited to submit to Taiwan Lacquer Art Fengyuan International Exhibition,
    Fengyuan Museum of Lacquer Art, Fengyuan City, Taichung County
    Invited to submit to Asia Creative Art Exhibition 2008, the National Art
    Center, Tokyo
    Solo exhibition, ""Green Willows and Red Flowers:Ogura Norihiko Lacquer
    Art Exhibition,"" Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store special selection art gallery
  • 2010
    Invited to submit to 3rd International Modern Lacquer Arts Exhibition, Fuzhou, China
  • 2011
    Invited to submit to Tainan International Lacquer Art Exhibition,
    Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center, Tainan County
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2012
    Solo exhibition ""Hope of Nature:Ogura Norihiko Lacquer Art Exhibition,""
    Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store special selection art gallery
  • 2013
    International Lacquer Art Exhibition, Taegu, South Korea
    Taiwan-Japan Lacquer Exchange Exhibition:The Past, Present and Future,
    the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
    Contemporary KOGEI Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum, US
    ""From Crafts to Kogei:In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition,"" Crafts Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Award

  • 1982
    Received the Tokyo University of the Arts Ataka Award
  • 1983
    Received the Salon de Printemps Award for his Tokyo University
    of the Arts graduation project
  • 1986
    Selected for the 3rd Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works (first time),
    and received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award
  • 1991
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 38th Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition 
  • 1997
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 14th Exhibition
    of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1998
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 15th Exhibition
    of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 2009
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 56th Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2010
    Received the Silver and Bronze Awards at the 12th Cross-straits Fair
    for Economy and Trade (Fuzhou, China)
  • 2012
    Received the MOA Museum of Art Award at the 18th MOA Mokichi
    Okada Awards Exhibition
  • 2013
    Received the 4th Tradition Créatricé Award
    from the Japan Arts Foundation