photo Fumio Mae

Fumio Mae

After studying Japanese painting at Kanazawa College of Art, from 1964 MAE studied under his father Taiho and mastered the traditional chinkin (incised and gold-filled decoration) technique.
Moreover, while engaged in art education at state schools, he continues production activities and research into techniques; he has devised a chinkin knife (chisel), and by making use of its engraving ability, and freely applying many different engraving techniques he creates urushi works. He also increases the decorative impact by employing color effects using such materials as powdered gold and silver, and has thus established his own exquisite style. He has presented many excellent works at various exhibitions, and is highly rated as an artist.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Lacquerware
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Gold inlaid lacquer)

Career

  • 1963
    Graduated from the Department of Fine Art (Japanese Painting Course) at the Kanazawa College of Art
  • 1963
    Art teacher at public junior high schools and senior high schools (26 years)
  • 1988
    Deputy Manager at the Ishikawa Prefectural Wajima Urushi Technical Training Institute (13 years)
  • 2001
    Professor at the Department of Fine Art and Craft at the Kanazawa College of Art (To date)
  • 2006
    Director of the Ishikawa Prefectural Wajima Urushi Technical Training Institute (To date)
  • 1999
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Asset Holder of “Chinkin”
  • 2001
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2011
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette

Award

  • 1973
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1992
    Received the President of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1993
    Received the Important Intangible Cultural Asset Holder’s Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the Japan Kogei Association “Important Intangible Cultural Asset” Holder’s Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition