Exhibition by Isoi Masami, Japanese Living National Treasure
The Urushi Art of Takamatsu — The Beauty & Art of Kinma
2 October (Tue) through 16 December (Sun), 2012
The Shiseido Art House was pleased to present an exhibition by Japanese lacquer (urushi) artist Isoi Masami (1926–), a “living national treasure” most noted for works using the exquisite lacquer technique of “kinma.”
Isoi Masami's detailed, attentive approach often features motifs from nature, including not only images of animals and plants, but also ever-changing natural phenomena like shimmering summer haze and ocean waves, and with this he has established his own distinct manner of expression. He has also created a variety of new carving, coloring, and foundation-building techniques that are bringing a new sense of freshness to the world of kinma.
Shiseido's relationship with Isoi Masami began in 1978, when he contributed a series of representative works to Shiseido's 4th Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts (1975 through 1995).
This retrospective exhibition featured forty-seven works and related materials from across the span of Isoi's career, brought together through the cooperation of museums like the Takamatsu City Museum of Art (which houses Japan's largest Isoi collection) and various private collectors, to introduce both the artistry and creative career of this “living national treasure” lacquer craftsman.