Takeshi Igawa

Biography

Takeshi Igawa currently continues working on his own production, while educating the younger generations at Saga University. The support of his works shows a bold and spontaneous expression by using urethane and palm leaves which he found on the campus. He first molds urethane and leaves using the technique of dry lacquer, then repeats coating and polishing many times to express the unique polish of Japanese lacquer. Through these processes, the polish of lacquer shines on the surprisingly sharp and beautiful form. If you stare at it, the lacquer may be transparent and look like black glass. The wave-shaped form made of a palm leaf is also unique, and is associated with the sea and waves. His works are displayed at the entrance of Kyoto Ritz-Carlton.

Takeshi Igawa currently continues working on his own production, while educating the younger generations at Saga University. The support of his works shows a bold and spontaneous expression by using urethane and palm leaves which he found on the campus. He first molds urethane and leaves using the technique of dry lacquer, then repeats coating and polishing many times to express the unique polish of Japanese lacquer. Through these processes, the polish of lacquer shines on the surprisingly sharp and beautiful form. If you stare at it, the lacquer may be transparent and look like black glass. The wave-shaped form made of a palm leaf is also unique, and is associated with the sea and waves. His works are displayed at the entrance of Kyoto Ritz-Carlton.

History

1980      Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

2009      PPh.D., Kyoto City University of Arts;
              Present: Associate Professor, Saga University

<Selected Solo Exhibitions>
2004      Ishida Taiseisha Hall, Kyoto (’05)

2005      Gallery Kian, Kyoto (’05,’10)

2007      Wacoal Ginza Art Space, Tokyo

2009      Gallery & Salon abiesfirma, Kobe (’09, ’12)

2012      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

2014      Gallery Keifu, Kyoto (’17)

2015      Gion Konishi, Kyoto (’08, ’11)

2016      Orie Art Gallery, Tokyo

2019      Gallery X Takashimaya, Nihonbashi, Tokyo 

<Selected Group Exhibitions>
2010      “From Asuka [Era] to Nara [Era]: International Sculptures,” Daijōin Temple Garden Culture Hall,Nara

2011      “The Shape of New Lacquer,” The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Hyogo Prefecture

              “Flawless: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer,” Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

2012      “The 11th Tenzan Art Festa,” Koyanagi, Saga (’13, ’14, ’15, ’16)

2014      “Dialogue with Materials: Contemporary Japanese Fine Arts and Crafts,” Ahmed Adnan

              Saygun Arts Center, Izmir, TURKEY

2014      “Exposition URUSHI – Couleurs et formes des Laques Japonaises contemporaines,” Mizen fine Art, Paris, FRANCE

2015      “Form of Urushi,” Gallery Sokyo, Kyoto

2016      “IKI-SUI”, Musee de Some Seiryu, Kyoto

2016      “URUSHI_ISM Contemporary Lacquer from Japan,”  ESH Gallery, Italy

2017      Loewe Foundation CRAFT PRIZE,  The 2017 Nominees Madrid, New York, Paris, Tokyo and London

              “Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture,” Minneapolis Institute of Arts, U.S.A.

2018      風詠抄— TAN譚 Takashimaya, Nihonbashi, Tokyo

<Awards>
2009      Grand Prize, Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition, Kanazawa, JAPAN

              Kyoto City Award for Promising New Artist, Kyoto City

2011      Silver Prize, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, REPUBLIC of KOREA

2012      Grand Prize, the 52nd Japan Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo

2016      Excellence Award, the 55th Japan Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo

              The 35th Kyoto Prefectural Award for Culture: Promising Artist, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto.

2017      Grand Prize, 2017 KOGEI World Competition in Kanazawa, “KOGEI” as Contemporary

              Art: Future Evolution, Kanazawa JAPAN

<Selected Collections>
Minneapolis Institute of Art, U.S.A.

1980      Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

2009      PPh.D., Kyoto City University of Arts;
              Present: Associate Professor,
              Saga University

<Selected Solo Exhibitions>
2004      Ishida Taiseisha Hall, Kyoto (’05)

2005      Gallery Kian, Kyoto (’05,’10)

2007      Wacoal Ginza Art Space, Tokyo

2009      Gallery & Salon abiesfirma,
              Kobe (’09, ’12)

2012      Kouichi Fine Arts, Osaka

2014      Gallery Keifu, Kyoto (’17)

2015      Gion Konishi, Kyoto (’08, ’11)

2016      Orie Art Gallery, Tokyo

2019      Gallery X Takashimaya, Nihonbashi,
              Tokyo 

<Selected Group Exhibitions>
2010      “From Asuka [Era] to Nara [Era]:
               International Sculptures,” Daijōin
              Temple Garden Culture Hall, Nara

2011      “The Shape of New Lacquer,” The
              Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Hyogo
              Prefecture

              “Flawless: Contemporary Japanese
              Lacquer,” Cavin Morris Gallery,
              New York, U.S.A.

2012      “The 11th Tenzan Art Festa,” Koyanagi,
              Saga (’13, ’14, ’15, ’16)

2014      “Dialogue with Materials:
              Contemporary Japanese Fine Arts and
              Crafts,” Ahmed Adnan

              Saygun Arts Center, Izmir, TURKEY

              “Exposition URUSHI – Couleurs et
              formes des Laques Japonaises
              contemporaines,” Mizen fine Art, Paris,
              FRANCE

2015      “Form of Urushi,” Gallery Sokyo, Kyoto

2016      “IKI-SUI”, Musee de Some Seiryu,
              Kyoto

              “URUSHI_ISM Contemporary Lacquer
              from Japan,”  ESH Gallery, Italy

2017      Loewe Foundation CRAFT PRIZE, 
              The 2017 Nominees Madrid, New York,
              Paris, Tokyo and London

              “Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese
              Lacquer Sculpture,” Minneapolis
              Institute of Arts, U.S.A.

2018      風詠抄— TAN譚 Takashimaya,
              Nihonbashi, Tokyo

<Awards>
2009      Grand Prize, Ishikawa International
              Urushi Exhibition, Kanazawa, JAPAN

              Kyoto City Award for Promising
              New Artist, Kyoto City

2011      Silver Prize, Cheongju International
              Craft Biennale, REPUBLIC of KOREA

2012      Grand Prize, the 52nd Japan Crafts
              Exhibition, Tokyo

2016      Excellence Award, the 55th Japan
              Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo

              The 35th Kyoto Prefectural Award for
              Culture: Promising Artist, Kyoto
              Prefecture, Kyoto.

2017      Grand Prize, 2017 KOGEI World
              Competition in Kanazawa, “KOGEI”
              as Contemporary

              Art: Future Evolution, Kanazawa JAPAN

<Selected Collection>
Minneapolis Institute of Art, U.S.A.

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