Okimono called “Hope For The Future
Ancient bamboo arrows
TANABE Chikuunsai III (b. 1940)
70 x 50 x 50 cm

Tanabe Chikuunsai III was born Hisao in the city of Sakai (Osaka Prefecture) as the son of Chikuunsai II. In his youth, he weaved baskets made from bamboo strips his father discarded. His favorite pastime was splitting and plaiting bamboo with his father’s students. Later, he learned bamboo art from Shochikusai, who was the best student of his grand-father, Chikuunsai I. Upon graduation from Musashino Art University (Department of Industrial Craft Design), he returned to Sakai City and studied bamboo art under Tsukayoshi Tadayoshi, another of Chikuunsai I’s students.
He was admitted for the first time in 1965 to the Japanese Modern Art Exhibition and Nitten, and his exhibition piece was purchased by the Japanese Government. In 1969, he was given the name of Shōchiku by Chikuunsai II. In 1974, his Nitten piece called “Ho”, or “square”, was purchased by the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art. In 1991, at the age of 51, he took the name of Chikuunsai III. His work was shown abroad (Boston, New York, San Francisco, New Zealand, Korea, Thailand, etc.) as well as in Japan.