FUJITSUKA SHOSEI

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Bamboo okimono called “Big wave
Bamboo madake and ratan
56 x 39 (h) cm
Fujitsuka Shosei (born in 1949, Hokkaido, Japan)

Fujitsuka’s range is broad, from typical basket and vessel forms to abstract sculptures inspired by nature. Because his pieces defy neat categorization, he was for decades rejected for exhibitions in Japan. However, he persisted in making the risky aesthetic choices that have won him the freedom to express his distinctive voice.

“People involved in the traditional craft group in Japan are working more on technique but design is more interesting to me.”

After graduation from high school, Fujitsuka worked for a record producer and a company that serviced optical equipment. The rigid corporate environment didn’t suit him; he longed for the opportunity to work for himself and the time to pursue astronomy, an avocation that continues to absorb him today. In 1972, inspired by items in a bamboo shop window, he began an apprenticeship with Baba Shodo. For more than two decades he earned his living making bamboo lampshades until his work was rewarded with a Superior Prize at the Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition.

Fujitsuka has been honored with prizes, and solo + group exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. His work is in the collections of the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs and the Japan Foundation.

EXHIBITIONS
1973, Admitted to Kanagawa Prefecture Art Exhibition
1974, Moved to Oiso, Kanagawa and became independent
1978, Admitted to The Modern Craft Arts Exhibition
1984, Admitted to The Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division
1985, Admitted to The Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
1991, Admitted to The Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
1992, Winner, The Encouragement Award, The Japan TraditionalCraft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division
1992, Solo exhibition, Hiratsuka Gallery, Hiratsuka, Japan
1993, Received the Superior Prize at The Japan TraditionalCraft Arts Exhibition
1993, Became a full member of The Japan Traditional CraftArts Association
1993, Solo exhibition, Hiratsuka Gallery, Hiratsuka, Japan
1994, Received The Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award
1994, Solo exhibition, Shishiza Gallery, Japan
1995, Received The Kanagawa Newspaper Award at The Kanagawa Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
1995, Solo exhibition, Hiratsuka Gallery, Hiratsuka, Japan
1996, Group exhibition, Ginza Wako, Tokyo, Japan
1996, Solo exhibition, Umeya, Japan
1998, Group exhibition, Ginza Wako, Tokyo, Japan
1998, Group exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
1998, Group exhibition, Bamboo Craft Arts, 13th Asia Memorial Convention, Thailand
1999, Solo exhibition, Ginza Wako, Tokyo, Japan
1999, 100 Meilleurs Objets d’art contemporain au Japon, Mitsukoshi Etoile, Paris, France
1999, Group exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
2000, Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe
2000, The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
2003, The Classic Japanese Basket, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe
2003, Group exhibition, The Hand Workshop Art Center,Richmond, Virginia
2004, Two-person exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe
2004, Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum of Art, Florida
2004, Invitational Show, Tanabata Ten, Hiratsuka City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
2006, Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe
2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Iowa
2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois
2006, Invitational Show, Take no Zo, Nakatomi Museum of Contemporary Craft, Fukui, Japan
2007, Group exhibition, Beyond Basketry: Japanese Bamboo Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts
2008, Three-person exhibition, A Sensei and His Students,TAI Gallery, Santa Fe
2008, Group Exhibition, New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York
2009, Received Encouragement Award from the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
2009, Group Exhibition, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Japan
2011, Tokyo Governor’s Prize, 58th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
2012, Awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese Congress for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the Emperor of Japan
2013, Group Exhibition, Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts
2014, Solo Exhibition, Cosmos, TAI Modern, Santa Fe

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan Foundation, New York

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