photo Kenji Nakai

Kenji Nakai

NAKAI’s core technique is Itome Hon-Yuzen (hand-drawn Yuzen), which he uses with a rich and delicate sensitivity or the occasional strong bold approach to depict the passing of the four seasons, and moment-by-moment changes to natural scenes caused by a gust of wind, or the play of light.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Textiles
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Japanese Traditional Craftsmen Association

Career

  • 1950
    Born in Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 1965
    Studied dyeing under his father Kyo-Yuzen artist NAKAI Takejiro
  • 1966
    Studied Japanese painting under Japanese painter SATOMI Beian
  • 1982
    Selected for the Traditional Craft Techniques Competition without jury selection
  • 1986
    Director of the Kyoto Shinsaikogei Cooperative
  • 1994
    Designated as a “Traditional Craftsman” by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • 1996
    His work was purchased by Kyoto City
  • 1999
    Manager of the Kyo-yuzen Kyoudoukumiai Rengoukai and the Traditional Craftsmen Association
  • 2006
    Manager at the Association of Nihon Dyeing Writers
  • 2008
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2013
    Selected for the Japan Textile Artists Exhibition without jury selection

Award

  • 1977
    Received the Excellence Award at the 4th Kyoto Traditional Art Competition
  • 1978
    Received the Excellence Award at the 5th Kyoto Traditional Art Competition
  • 1980
    Received the Excellence Award at the 7th Kyoto Traditional Art Competition
  • 1981
    Received an Honorable Mention at the 8th Kyoto Traditional Art Competition
  • 1981
    Received an Honorable Mention at the 9th Kyoto Traditional Art Competition
  • 2004
    Received the Governor’s Award at the 27th Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2006
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Award at the 29th Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the Governor’s Award at the 31st Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2009
    Received the Governor’s Award at the 32nd Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2010
    Received the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director-General’s Award at the 15th Kyoto Hand-painted Yuzen Works Exhibition
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Award at the 33rd Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2011
    Received the Governor’s Award at the 34th Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
  • 2012
    Received the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director-General’s Award at the 17th Kyoto Hand-painted Yuzen Works Exhibition
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Award at the 35th Japan Textile Artists Exhibition
    Received the Prince Takamatsu Memorial Prize at the 59th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition