photo Yataro Amemiya

Yataro Amemiya

An ink slab is not just an artifact to rub down an ink stick and make some sumi or black ink; it is for calming the mind while making sumi, a place to confront the self.
For me the ink slab is "a receptacle of the spirit" and in its functional simplicity I found the possibility of an artistic expression suitable for today's society.
I am pursuing the creation of contemporary sculpture in this simple "form or shape" in which natural materials are allowed to express themselves.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Other crafts
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Yamanashi Art Association

Career

  • 1961
    Born in Yamanashi Prefecture
  • 1985
    Graduated from Department of Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1989
    Completed Graduate School of Fine Arts (Sculpture, Art and Education),
    Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1990
    First time submitted and selected for 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Exhibition; submitted every year to date
  • 1994
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2005
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store
  • 2008
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store
  • 2010
    Traditional Crafts in the 21st Century -Eyes of the
    World- Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art
  • 2011
    Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store
  • 2013
    Exhibition [Contemporary KOGEI Styles in Japan]

Award

  • 1996
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at 12th Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Other Work Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at 13th Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Other Work Exhibition
  • 2004
    Received the Eastern Branch Prize at 44th Japanese
    Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 2006
    Received the Best New Artist Award at 53rd Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2007
    Received the Incentive Award at 27th POLA
    Traditional Culture Awards
  • 2009
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at 49th Eastern Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Kogei Association Award at 22nd Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Other Work Exhibitio
  • 2012
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at 52nd Eastern
    Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition