photo Nobuyasu Watabe

Nobuyasu Watabe

I broadly use wood, bamboo, paper, ceramics, and dry lacquer as the body, keeping in mind the free creation of urushi art. Especially for ceramic bodies, I work on my own from forming through to firing, and in recent years have really enjoyed exploring this technique.

Works

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Information

  • Categories
    Lacquerware
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Japan Association for Urushi Cultural Heritage

Career

  • 1947
    Born in Tokyo
  • 1974
    Graduated from the Department of Aesthetics and Art History in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1985
    Selected for the 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Selected for the 3rd Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works and the Ishikawa Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Lecturer of the Special Course at the Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts
  • 1987
    Participated in the restoration work of the scabbard painting which was part of the “Hyakko Hisho” (Displayed at the Maeda Foundation Library)
  • 1994
    Studied the Oribe’s Shelf with Design of Kokei Sansho, displayed at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
  • 1998
    Submitted to the International Lacquer Art Exhibition (Taichung, Taiwan)
    Lecturer of the Urushi core curriculum at the Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts (To present)
    Produced the Maki-e pipe organ façade at the Ishikawa Ongakudo
  • 1999
    Participated in the restoration works of the ceilings decorated with Makie-e lacquer at the Konpiragu Shrine in Sanuki (138 pieces of Japanese cypress board, completed in 2004)
  • 2001
    Invited to submit to the Contemporary Wajima Urushi Art Exhibition (Urasoe Art Museum)
  • 2006
    Solo exhibition at Gallery Okariya Ginza, Tokyo
  • 2009
    “Kawarinuri TALK&LIVE” at Wajima Museum of Urushi Art
  • 2010
    Solo exhibition at Gallery Okariya Ginza, Tokyo
  • 2012
    Solo exhibition at Gallery Okariya Ginza, Tokyo and Gallery SOU, Sapporo

Award

  • 1989
    Received the Incentive Award at the Ishikawa Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1991
    Received the Incentive Award at the Ishikawa Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Researched at the Kumano Hayatama Taisha Sacred Treasures Museum