Tanabe Shouchiku III (b. 1973)
Madake and torachiku bamboo
Japan, Hesei period, ca. 2012
W. 27.6 in (70cm) – L. 12.6 in (32cm) – H. 13.8 in (35cm)
Tanabe Takeo Shouchiku III is the son of Chikuunsai III (1940-2014) and the future Chikuunsai IV. Heir to a long dynasty of master weavers, he began to learn the art of bamboo at a very young age. He studied fine arts at Osaka City Crafts High School, graduated in sculpture from Tokyo Art University, continued his training in Beppu (Oita Pref.), and then joined the family studio in Sakai where he honed his abilities while training with his father. Since 1999, he has won numerous awards: the Rookie award, New Comer Exhibition in Sakai City; the Labor Ministry award, All Japan Technical Exhibition; the Sakai Mayor Award, Sakai Art Exhibition; the Yumiuri Television, All Kansai Art Exhibition; First Prize at the Osaka Craft Exhibition, Kasaku award; the Lloyd Cotsen Bamboo Prize (2007) and the Bavarian State Prize (2010). His works are present in the following public collections in the USA: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Seattle Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center in Hanford, California, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Works of his are also in the British Museum in London, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Bolivia in La Paz, and many important private collections throughout the world.