photo Yoshiaki Taguchi

Yoshiaki Taguchi

To give coloration I use natural materials that are the blessings of nature, and I also apply the maki-e (sprinkled picture decoration) and raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) techniques to depict animals and plants.

Works

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Information

  • Categories
    Lacquerware
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Career

  • 1958
    Born in Tokyo as the eldest son of Yoshikuni Taguchi
  • 1977
    Studied Maki-e under his father TAGUCHI Yoshikuni (Living National Treasure)
  • 1978
    Studied basic Kyushitsu under MASUMURA Mashiki (Living National Treasure)
  • 1983
    Selected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs to be a researcher for the Successor Training Programme (2 years)
  • 1985
    Selected for the 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at the first attempt. Selected successively to date
  • 1989
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner’s Award at the 6th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1990
    Participated in the production of the Takamikura Throne
  • 1991
    Participated in the production of sacred treasures at Ise Jingu
  • 1993
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award at the 40th and 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Studied Hyomon under OBA Shogyo (Living National Treasure)
  • 1994
    Submitted to the 34th Exhibition of East Japan Traditional “Kogei” for the first time. Selected successively to date
  • 1996
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 43rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    “Rainbows and Shimmering Bridges – Contemporary Japanese Lacquerware” Exhibition (New York Japan Society Gallery, Denver Art Museum)
    Produced a replica of the National Treasure Ume Maki-e Tebako
  • 1998
    Judge at the 45th, 49th, 53rd, 56th, and 61st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Judge at the 38th, 45th, 48th, and 52nd Exhibition of East Japan Traditional “Kogei”
    Submitted to the International Lacquer Art Exhibition (Taiwan)
  • 1999
    Submitted to the Iwata Museum of Fragrance 2nd Anniversary Special Exhibition
    Submitted to the 50 maîtres : les arts appliqués dans le Japon contemporain
  • 2000
    Received the Japan Urushi Craft-Art Association President’s Award at the 8th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition at the Treasure Museum Annex, Meiji Jingu Bunkakan
    Japanese Contemporary Urushi Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 400 Years of Japanese-Dutch Relations (Netherlands)
  • 2001
    Harmony by Nine Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi. Held biennially to date
  • 2002
    Received the Excellence Award at the 13th MOA Mokichi Okada Awards
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the 10th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition at the Treasure Museum Annex, Meiji Jingu Bunkakan
    Contemporary Japanese Crafts – Material and Way of Formative Thinking (Japan Foundation, Malaysia)
    Contemporary Japanese Crafts (Japan Foundation, Indonesia)
  • 2003
    Submitted to the Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan – Celebrating 50 Years of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works (20th, 24th, and 27th)
  • 2004
    Priority submission at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (51st, 52nd, 54th, 55th, 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th)
  • 2006
    Submitted to the Japan & Korea Urushi Arts Exhibition at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, and the Wajima Museum of Urushi Art
  • 2007
    Submitted to the Crafts Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition II “The Power of Crafts: Outlook for the 21st Century” at the Crafts Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 2008
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
    Received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award at the 16th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition at the Treasure Museum Annex, Meiji Jingu Bunkakan
    Submitted to the Nouvelles Ailes Arts of Today Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
    Submitted to the Mitsuo Masuda and 24 Craft Artists Exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
  • 2009
    Submitted to the special exhibition titled “Life – In Line with the Utakai Hajime Theme” at the Shikinen Sengu Memorial Museum, Ise Jingu
    Participated in the production of sacred treasures at Ise Jingu
  • 2010
    Submitted to the special exhibition titled “Light – In Line with the Utakai Hajime Theme” at the Shikinen Sengu Memorial Museum, Ise Jingu
    Submitted to the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of East Japan Traditional “Kogei” Special Exhibition titled “Art Crafts in the 21st Century – Eye of the World” at the MOA Museum of Art
    Submitted to the Japan-China-South Korea “A Contest of Art Exhibition” at Yakushiji Temple
  • 2011
    Submitted to the China-Japan International Lacquer Arts Exchange Exhibition
  • 2012
    Celebratory “Vessels” Exhibition at the Crafts Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • 2013
    From Crafts to Kogei – In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (Crafts Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
    Contemporary KOGEI Style in Japan (Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Florida)
  • 2014
    Beauty of KOGEI: Art Crafts in Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore)
    Judge for the Japan Kogei Association, works selected without jury selection. Jury member at the Kamakura-bori Posthumous Works Exhibition (2009-2011)
    Executive Secretary, Japan Kogei Association Urushi Art Section. Jury member at the Female Artists Association (2009, 2010, 2013)
    Director, Japan Urushi Craft-Art Association. Jury member at the Creative Handicrafts Exhibition by the Japan Handicraft Artists Association (2008-2011, 2013, 2014)
    Part-time lecturer at the Tohoku University of Art and Design. Jury member at the Kanagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition (2011)
    Special advisor at the Kokkokai, Pilot Corporation. Lectured at the Showa Women’s University (2009-2011, 2014)

Award

  • 1989
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner’s Award at the 6th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1993
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award at the 40th and 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 43rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2000
    Japan Urushi Craft-Art Association President’s Award at the 8th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition
  • 2002
    Received the Excellence Award at the 13th MOA Mokichi Okada Awards
    Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the10th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award at the 16th Beauty of Urushi Exhibition