photo Shosai Kitamura

Shosai Kitamura

Works

Information

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

Career

  • 1938
    Born in Nara City as the eldest son of
    urushi-work artist KITAMURA Daitsu
    (real name:Kenichi)
  • 1960
    Graduated from Urushi-Art Course, Department
    of Crafts,the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo
    University of the Arts
  • 1981
    Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya
    Department Store (3 solo exhibitions to date)
  • 1994
    Designated as a holder of selected
    conservation techniques (urushi work repairing)
  • 1998
    Designated as a holder of important
    intangible cultural property
  • 1999
    Designated as a holder of important
    intangible cultural property (raden (urushi work
    technique)), living national treasure
  • 2003
    Industrial arts documentary film
    “Raden-Craftsmanship of Shosai Kitamura”
    produced by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2004
    Submitted to Raden:Craftsmanship of Living
    National Treasure Shosai Kitamura Exhibition,
    Ishikawa Wajima Urushi Art Museum
  • 2006
    Submitted to “Shosai Kitamura – World of
    Urushi–” Exhibition, Nara National Museum
  • 2008
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold
    Rays with Rosette
  • 2009
    Submitted to “Nuances in Raden:Living
    National Treasure Shosai Kitamura” Exhibition,
    Osaka Takashimaya Department Store

Award

  • 1980
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the
    27th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the Minister of Education, Science
    and Culture Prize at the 44th Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1998
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 45th
    Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition