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Shosei Fujitsuka>Sunrise Peak

  • Sunrise Peak, 2018Sold
  • Bamboo (Madake), rattan
    H 28 x 40 x 40 cm
  • Fujitsuka is a fan of astronomy, chose bamboo art as the sort of work which he was able to complete by himself and control his own time. He became a disciple of Shodo Baba (1925-1996) in 1972. He notes that “Shodo Baba taught me to create my own original works without being influenced by other people”. Fujitsuka, who proved very skillful with his hands, was admitted to the Kanagawa Prefecture Art exhibition only six months after beginning his studies in bamboo art. This was unusually fast because it is said that it normally takes three years simply to acquire the technique by which bamboo is split into strips. This work, Sunrise Peak, uses the original technique that Fujitsuka has introduced from 2003. Each bamboo strip is cut to have a triangular shape, and then each surface is dyed with a different color. The overall shape and color of the work changes depending on the angle of the viewer. This is a work that combines the use of his unique technique with his perspectives of nature. Fujitsuka’s works can be seen in the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Japan Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and other important museums and institutions around the world.
Shosei Fujitsuka
Biography
1949
Born in Hokkaido, Japan
1972
Studied under Shodo Baba, Bamboo Artist
1973
Kanagawa Prefecture Art Exhibition, Kanagawa, Japan
1992
Encouragement Award, The 15th Japan Traditional Craft Arts, New Work Exhibition
1993
Governor of Tokyo Award, The 40th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
1994
Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award, The 6th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
2002
Finalist for Cotsen Bamboo Prize 2002
2004
Part time instructor, Tokyo University of the Arts
2006
Beyond Basketry, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Joined successor development program for Important Intangible Cultural Property (Bamboo Crafts)
2007-14
Contemporary Japanese Crafts, Organized by Japan Foundation. Mershikov Palace, Russia, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Sweden
The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Belarus, Brunei Museum, Brunei, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand
Museum of Decorative Arts, Cuba, National Museum, Georgia, Instituto Giapponese de Cultura, Italy, and 32 more venues
2008
New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York, USA
2009
MOA Museum of Art Award, The 49th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division
2011
Governor of Tokyo Award, The 58th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
2012
Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
2013
Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
From Crafts to Kogei in Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
2014
The 19th MOA Okada Mokichi Award Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
2017
Japan Art Craft Association Award, Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award, The 16th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
2017-18
Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2019
Grand Prize, The 39th Traditional Culture Pola Award
Public Collections
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan
The Japan Foundation
MOA Museum of Art, Japan
The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Japan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA
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