photo Shozo Kitaoka

Shozo Kitaoka

"I take things found in nature as motifs, and based on my own ideas and with an awareness of shapes I produce urushi (lacquer) artworks.
I mainly produce choshitsu (carved urushi works), and I also employ such techniques as maki-e (sprinkled color decoration), kinma (incised and color-filled), zonsei (combining painting in colored urushi with incised outlines and details such as the veins of leaves), and chinkin (incised and gold-filled decoration). Moreover, I endeavor to make the best use of the unique characteristics of materials and techniques to experiment across a broad range of expressions.
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Works

Information

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

Career

  • 1968
    Graduated from Urushi Work Course, Kagawa
    Prefectural Takamatsu-Kougei High School
    Studied under urushi-work artist IMAYUKI Tetsuro
  • 1969
    Studied under OTOMARU Kodo, living national treasure
  • 1975
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1985
    Judge and specially requested to submit to
    Japan Kogei Association Shikoku Branch Exhibition
  • 1991
    Jury member and specially requested to submit to
    Kagawa Prefecture Art Exhibition
  • 1996
    Judge and specially requested to submit to 13th
    Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
    Invited to submit to "Rainbows and Shimmering Bridges -
    Japanese Contemporary Lacquerware Exhibition," New York, Denver
  • 1999
    Invited to submit to 100 Selections of Contemporary
    Japanese Craft Exhibition, Paris, Tokyo, and other places
  • 2000
    Invited to submit to Japanese Contemporary Urushi
    Art Exhibition, Holland
  • 2001
    Acknowledged as a holder of intangible cultural
    property by Kagawa Prefectur
  • Present
    Director, Japan Kogei Association; full member,
    Japan Kogei Association
    Chief secretary, Japan Kogei Association Shikoku Branch
  • Director, Japan Cultural Assets Urushi Association
    Craft instructor, Urushi Lacquer Ware Institute,
    Kagawa Prefecture
    Chairperson, Kagawa Artists Association
    Director, Sanuki Lacquer Art Museum

Award

  • 1972
    Selected for the 19th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (first time).
    Selected 43 times to date
  • 1981
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the Japan Kogei Association Shikoku
    Branch Exhibition (awarded 9 times to date)
  • 1988
    Received the Governor of Kagawa Prize at the Kagawa Art Exhibition
    (awarded 10 times to date)
  • 1991
    Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 8th Exhibition
    of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1992
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 9th Exhibition
    of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
  • 1995
    Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 12th Exhibition
    of Japanese Traditional Urushi Works
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award
    at the 43rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Takamatsu Cultural Incentive Award
  • 2006
    Received commendation from the Kagawa Prefecture
    for Distinguished Service in the field of Education and Culture
  • 2010
    Received commendation from the Kagawa Prefecture
    for Distinguished Service in Culture