Tsunenobu Namiki “Lacquerware - Carving Time”

Wako Hall

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[Image: Tsunenobu Namiki "Fresh verdure at 4-chome - Wako, from the big Window" 40.9×31.8cm, mother of pearl, gold maki-e)]

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Lacquer artist Tsunenobu Namiki is someone who has created a completely new concept for lacquer painting. Before his appearance on the scene, lacquer was considered simply as a decorative technique for adding patterns to dishes and furnishings. Namiki’s use of realistic expression heralded a whole new dimension for this craft. In his own works, “I wanted to use lacquer freely to depict natural scenes with flowers, birds, and people. I wanted people to sense the atmosphere in these scenes.”
In his work, Namiki uses traditional techniques such as maki-e (black lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder), raden (inlaid shell), and rankaku (inlaid eggshell) to achieve color, depth, and shade. Scrutinize the materials closely and you’ll see the layers of lacquer that have been painstakingly applied and polished. His precise sketching skills are also indispensable for the production of these delicate constructions. For example, Namiki has traveled from locations such as Chion-in Temple in Kyoto to Hirosaki in the north in Aomori in order to observe the ideal cherry blossoms he wishes to depict in lacquer. Moreover, he thoroughly studies the branches of the trees in winter before revisiting them in the spring as they come into flower.
This is Namiki’s 70th solo exhibition and his 7th at Wako, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Discover the range of this totally original artist through the array of work on display, including everything from large-scale masterpieces to small haku-e works.

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from November 03, 2017 to November 12, 2017

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