Kenji Kubota

Biography

Kenji Kubota studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, majoring in painting (currently lacquer technology), but he also began to produce  the support by himself from the middle of his studying at university. He still operates all steps by myself. Kubota mainly uses Japanese Zelkova, Tochi, Sakura, Kaede, etc. to make furnitures by himself and finish them with lacquer. He has created a wide range of chairs, benches, tables, stools, desks, etc. with beautiful forms, combining wood and wood without using any nails. By using rubbed lacquer furnitures for a long time, the wood grains become even more beautiful. Recently, the small chairs that is useful for wearing boots at the front door are also popular.

Kenji Kubota studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, majoring in painting (currently lacquer technology), but he also began to produce  the support by himself from the middle of his studying at university. He still operates all steps by myself. Kubota mainly uses Japanese Zelkova, Tochi, Sakura, Kaede, etc. to make furnitures by himself and finish them with lacquer. He has created a wide range of chairs, benches, tables, stools, desks, etc. with beautiful forms, combining wood and wood without using any nails. By using rubbed lacquer furnitures for a long time, the wood grains become even more beautiful. Recently, the small chairs that is useful for wearing boots at the front door are also popular.

History

1954      born in Osaka, Japan

1981      Master of Urushi Lacquering, Kyoto City University of Arts

<Solo Exhibitions>
1981      Gallery Maronie (Kyoto, ’86, ’88, ’93)

1987      Gallery Takamiya, Osaka

1999      Home studio, Nara

2002      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

               Space Gallery, Osaka

2005      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

              Space Gallery, Osaka

2008      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

              Space Gallery, Osaka

<Group Exhibitions>
1982      Exhibition of Asobi No Kibako, The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

1986      Kyoto City Art Contest, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

1993      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts Exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Art Center

1996      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts Exhibition, The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami

1997      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea

<Public Exhibitions>
1985      accepted for the Asahi Modern Crafts Exhibition (1986, 97, 98, 99)

1996      selected for the Kyoto Arts and Crafts Exhibition 

              accepted for the Takaoka Crafts Competition

1997      accepted for Tenri Biennale ’97 

1998      accepted for International craft competition of KANAZAWA 

2008      Accepted for the Takaoka Crafts Competition

1954      born in Osaka, Japan

1981      Master of Urushi Lacquering, Kyoto
              City University of Arts

<Solo Exhibitions>
1981      Gallery Maronie (Kyoto, ’86, ’88, ’93)

1987      Gallery Takamiya, Osaka

1999      Home studio, Nara

2002      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

               Space Gallery, Osaka

2005      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

              Space Gallery, Osaka

2008      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

              Space Gallery, Osaka

<Group Exhibitions>
1982      Exhibition of Asobi No Kibako, The 
              Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

1986      Kyoto City Art Contest, Kyoto
              Municipal Museum of Art

1993      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts
              Exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Art
              Center

1996      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts
              Exhibition, The Museum of Arts &
              Crafts, Itami

1997      Japanese-South Korean Modern Crafts
              Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea

<Public Collections>
1985      accepted for the Asahi Modern Crafts
              Exhibition (1986, 97, 98, 99)

1996      selected for the Kyoto Arts and Crafts
              Exhibition 

              accepted for the Takaoka Crafts
              Competition

1997      accepted for Tenri Biennale ’97 

1998      accepted for International craft
              competition of KANAZAWA 

2008      Accepted for the Takaoka Crafts
               Competition

Available Works