photo Shigeto Suzuta

Shigeto Suzuta

His father SUZUTA Teruji poured his energy into researching and reviving the production technique of Nabeshima Sarasa (chintz) in which wood-block printing and paper patterns are jointly used. Shigeto followed in the footsteps of his father and after further research and repeated practice of the Sarasa woodblock printing technique, finally gained a high degree of mastery and established his unique style.
By simple repetition of a series or accumulation of small patterns and with his distinctive use of color, he creates fresh and structured geometric patterns, reminiscent of his Sarasa form of woodblock printing. The critically acclaimed works produced by his extraordinary skills, rich sensitivity to color, shape, and form, and his superb compositional ability are absolutely contemporary and a la mode.

Works

Information

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

Career

  • 1954
    Born in Kashima City, Saga Prefecture
  • 1979
    Graduated from Department of Japanese Painting, Musashino Art University
  • 1980
    Assisted restoration of a book of secrets in research of the revival of Nabeshima
    Sarasa (chintz) undertaken by his father Teruji
  • 1981
    Succeeded his father and inherited the family business
  • 1982
    Selected for 29th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time);
    selected every year to date
  • 1985
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2004
    Assumed post of Director of Japan Kogei Association
  • 2008
    Acknowledged as a holder of important intangible cultural property
    (Sarasa woodblock printing)
  • 2009
    Jury member, 56th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    (successive service to date)
  • Present
    Executive Director, Japan Kogei Association; Chairperson, Textile Department of Japan Kogei Association

Award

  • 1988
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's
    Award at the 25th Japan Traditional Textile Arts Exhibition
    (Also received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 27th Exhibition,
    and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Award at the 29th Exhibition)
  • 1996
    Received the Incentive Award at the 43rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1998
    Received the Excellence Award at the 11th MOA Mokichi Okada Awards Exhibition
    Received the President of NHK Prize at the 45th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2003
    Received the Excellence Award at the 23rd POLA Traditional Culture Awards