photo Kunie Komori

Kunie Komori

Works

Information

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

Career

  • 1945
    Born in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • 1965
    Started training under a chinkin* master
    TARUMI Kosaku (*incised and gold-filled decoration)
  • 1968
    Entered Chinkin Department, Wajima City Wajima
    Lacquer Arts Training Institute (2nd graduation class, March 1971)
  • 1970
    Independent and self-supporting
  • 1975
    Special student, Kyushitsu Department, Ishikawa
    Prefectural Wajima Lacquer Arts
    Training Institute (completed in March 1978)
    Selected for 16th Ishikawa Traditional Art Exhibition;
    selected every year to date
    1977:Selected for 24th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition;
    selected every year to date. Chosen for Urushi Work Technique Successor
    Training Project undertaken by Japan Kogei Association and studied at the
    home studio of the instructor AKAJI Yusai for 3 years
  • 1979
    Participated in 1st Shikko-kai Exhibition; submitted every year to date
  • 1980
    Invited to submit to Kanazawa 400:International Crafts and Design Exhibition
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1980
    Three Artists Exhibition, Nara Japan Art
  • 1983
    Joint Exhibition with his wife Kazue, Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store craft gallery, Tokyo
  • 1984
    Selected for 1st Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works; selected every year to date
    Saishitsu-kai Exhibition, Okinawa Products Center art gallery
    Submitted to 2nd Yamaha Crafts Exhibition; submitted regularly up to 14th Exhibition in 1996
    Solo exhibition, Fujinoya, Tochigi Prefecture
    1st Division Exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya art gallery, Tokyo (up to 4th Exhibition)
  • 1985
    Invited to submit to 1st Ishikawa Prefecture Selected Artists Art Exhibition
    Solo exhibition "Vermilion and Black Lacquerware," Minami-Aoyama Green Gallery
  • 1986
    Invited to submit to 2nd Ishikawa Prefecture Selected Artists Art Exhibition
  • 1987
    Invited by the Prime Minister to attend an art and culture social gathering
    Submitted to Seibu Takanawakai
  • 1987
    Solo exhibition, Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store art salon, Tokyo
  • 1988
    Participated in 1st Ishikawa Cultural Wings "Singapore Exhibition"
  • 1989
    Judge, 7th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1990
    Invited by the Prime Minister to attend an art and culture social gathering
    Judge, 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    "Ajiro-shimamon Hakkaku Kasanebako" purchased by Ishikawa Prefecture Wajima Museum of Urushi Art
    Submitted to Jomon-kai Exhibition Kumamoto Tsuruya Department Store
  • 1991
    Solo exhibition, Seibu Takanawakai, Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka
    Solo exhibition, Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store Art Forum, Tokyo
    Solo exhibition "Ten Light Tea Utensils," Galerie Pousse, Ginza, Tokyo
    Judge, 9th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works / Entry "Wagewazukuri Rantaiban" purchased by Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
  • 1992
    Invited to submit to 3rd Ishikawa Prefecture Selected Artists Art Exhibition "Artists Born in the Post-World War II Period"
    "Ajiro Bengaratamari Kasanebako" purchased by Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
    Specially requested to submit to 10th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works (also to 11th, 13, 14, 15, and 17 Exhibitions)
  • 1993
    Invited to submit to "Nuances in Lacquer:70 Years of Innovations," the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 1994
    Solo exhibition, Akasaka Green Gallery
    Judge, 41st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Judge, 12th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
    Invited to submit to "Exhibition of Arts and Crafts:100 Creators of Ishikawa," Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
  • 1995
    Exhibited at "Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition," Victoria and Albert Museum
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store art gallery, Tokyo
  • 1996
    Submitted to "Rainbows and Shimmering Bridges - Japanese Contemporary Lacquerware Exhibition," Japan Society Gallery, New York, and Denver Art Museum, Denver
    Solo exhibition, Akasaka Green Gallery
  • 1997
    Judge, 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Solo exhibition, Seibu Takanawakai, Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka
    Solo exhibition, Seibu Takanawakai, Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa
  • 1998
    Specially requested to submit to 45th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Solo exhibition, Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store Art Forum, Tokyo
    Judge, 16th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
    Solo exhibition, Umegaoka Art Center, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
    Submitted to "Shitsurin Exhibition," Kanazawa Station Gallery
  • 1999
    Judge, 46th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Invited to submit to "Exhibition of Arts and Crafts:Creators of Ishikawa" in Biennale Ishikawa Autumn Art Festival
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store art gallery, Tokyo
  • 2000
    Invited to submit to Japanese Contemporary Urushi Art Exhibition, Holland
    Participated in 6th Ishikawa Cultural Wings "Traditional Arts and Crafts of Ishikawa:Beijing Exhibition"
    Specially requested to submit to 47th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2001
    Solo exhibition, Gallery KOZOOM, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
    Specially requested to submit to 48th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Solo exhibition, Maruei Department Store, Nagoya
  • 2003
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi special selection art gallery, Tokyo
  • 2005
    Solo exhibition, Sogo Shinsaibashi main store art gallery
  • 2006
    Acknowledged as a holder of important intangible cultural property (urushi art)
  • 2007
    Submitted to 54th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition as the holder of important intangible cultural property / Entry:"Rantai Moriki" purchased by MOA Museum of Art
    Important intangible cultural property holder and judge, 25th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works / Entry:Wickerwork container
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store art gallery, Tokyo (100th Anniversary of Takashimaya Art Department)
  • 2008
    Solo exhibition, Osaka Takashimaya Department Store art gallery
    55th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition / Entry:Wickerwork stacked boxes, Important intangible cultural property holder
    Important intangible cultural property holder and judge, 26th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works / Entry:Wickerwork tray
  • 2009
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Yodo Art Gallery, Tokyo, from May 27 to Jun 2
    Solo exhibition, Yokohama Sogo Department Store art gallery, from October 20 to 26

Award

  • 1986
    Received the President of NHK Prize for the entry
    "Magewazukuri Rantai Jikirou" at the 33rd Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1987
    Received the Incentive Award at the 28th Ishikawa Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1988
    Entered the 44th Ishikawa Contemporary Art Exhibition
    (Received the Hokkoku Award in 1990, and the Grand Prize in 1992)
  • 1989
    Received the Incentive Award at the 30th Ishikawa Traditional
    Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the President of NHK Prize for the entry "Ajiro-shimamon
    Kasanebako" at the 36th Japan Traditiona
    l Art Crafts Exhibition, which was later purchased by the Agency
    for Cultural Affairs
  • 1999
    Received the Hokkoku Culture Award
  • 2002
    Received the Japan Kogei Association
    "Important Intangible Cultural Asset" Holder's Prize for the entry "
    Magewazukuri Rantaiban, Reimei"
    at the 49th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition,
    which was later purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
  • 2004
    Received the Mokichi Okada Grand Prize
  • 2006
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon