photo Sen Ohsuga

Sen Ohsuga

The style of my early and current works is quite different. At the moment I often include bird motifs, but they are birds of my imagination and not the more traditional cranes or doves. When I work, I have no particular bird in mind; rather I aim to express the essence of bird…I want to get near the true nature of birds. The figure of a bird craning its neck overlaps with my inner image.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Metal works
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Career

  • 1931
    Born in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
  • 1955
    Graduated from the Department of Crafts at the Tokyo University of the Arts
    Proceeded to major in Metal Hammering at the university
    Founded the Japan Metalwork Production Association with a colleague, and started a career as an artist. Submitting successively to the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition to date
  • 1957
    Completed his Master’s Degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Junior assistant at the university until 1963
  • 1958
    Dissolved the Japan Metalwork Production Association and founded the Japan Metalwork Artists Association, where he was a committee member
  • 1962
    Selected for the 1st Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Selected successively to date
  • 1963
    Recommended as a member of the Kofukai
  • 1965
    Submitted to the 4th Contemporary Japanese Crafts Exhibition. The exhibited work was stored at the Setagaya Art Museum
  • 1967
    Submitted to the 6th Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • 1968
    Submitted to the 11th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • 1969
    First solo exhibition at Matsuzakaya Ginza Art Gallery
    Submitted to the reorganised 2nd Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibited work collected by the Kagawa Museum
    Submitted to the 60th Kofukai Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
    A work exhibited at his solo exhibition was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
    A work exhibited at his solo exhibition was collected by the Takamatsu City Museum of Art
    Jury member at the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition
  • 1973
    Submitted to the 7th Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Takamatsu City Museum of Art
  • 1974
    Recommended as a jury member at the 6th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. Councillor at the Kofukai
    Submitted to the 6th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • 1975
    Became a member of the Nitten and a councillor at the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Artists Association
    Submitted to the 61st Kofukai Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • 1976
    Specially invited to submit to the Contemporary Crafts of Japan Exhibition at the Hakone Open-air Museum
    Submitted to the 8th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
    His work was collected by the Kyoto Juraku Museum
  • 1977
    Founded the Japan Metal Shaping Institute with a colleague, and acted as the Executive Director
    Submitted to the 9th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
  • 1978
    Disassociated from every organisation
    Submitted to the 2nd Setagaya Art Exhibition. Submitted every year to date
  • 1980
    Submitted to the 27th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time
  • 1981
    Submitted to the 21st Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition for the first time
  • 1983
    Specially invited to submit at the “World of Metalwork” Exhibition, a Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art Special Exhibition
  • 1985
    Submitted to the 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art
    Judge at the Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 1987
    Specially invited to submit at the “Crafts of the 60s” Exhibition, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Metalwork Section
  • 1990
    Submitted to the 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. The exhibited work was collected by the Setagaya Art Museum
  • 1991
    Produced a mural at the Takamatsu High School
  • 1992
    Judge at the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 1993
    Specially invited to submit to the “Expansion of Hammered Works – Mitsui Asoo and His Successors” Exhibition, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1994
    Solo exhibition at Osaka Nanba Takashimaya Art Gallery
  • 2004
    Director of the Japan Kogei Association (Chairman of the Metalwork Section)
    Held the Ohsuga Takashi and Hitoshi Father-son Exhibition at Sano Art Museum and Hirano Museum
  • 2006
    Judge at the 53rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition

Award

  • 1955
    Received the Salon de Printemps Award for his graduation project from the Department of Crafts at the Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1956
    Received the Silver Award at the 1st Sports Art Exhibition hosted by Asahi Shimbun
    Received the Kofukai Award at the 42nd Kofukai Exhibition
  • 1957
    Received the Gold Award at the 2nd Sports Art Exhibition
  • 1958
    Received the Gold Medal in the Art Category at the 3rd Asian Games
  • 1963
    Received a Special Commendation and the Hokuto Award at the 6th Nitten. His work was added to the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art collection
  • 1981
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner’s Award at the 11th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition. Work was added to the Takamatsu City Museum of Art collection
  • 1982
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 12th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 1983
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 13th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 1984
    Received the Incentive Award at the 14th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 1991
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 31st Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition