Nagakura Ken’ichi (b. 1952)

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Set of three okimono “Hito” (women)
Nagakura Ken’ichi (b. 1952)
Madake bamboo, rattan, lacquer and clay
H:200cm, 175cm & 150cm
Original paper boxes

I like to add roots to my wicker creations to remind of bamboo’s deep origins”.

Nagakura Ken’ichi has never been affiliated with any Japanese craftsmen’s guild, but was the first to receive the Llyod Cotsen Bamboo Prize in 2000. His contemporary and organic pieces are rooted in the older wickerwork objects which were used for centuries for floral arrangements and displayed during the tea ceremony. The complex design lines and the gracious forms of his wicker creations are inspired by human forms and objects in nature like dead leaves, sprouts emerging from the earth, and cocoons.

Nagakura Ken’ichi began his career in the arts with kimono dyeing but quickly realized that he wanted to produce works of art, such as ceramics for example, that had a natural vitality. He spent three years calibrating bamboo stalks for his grandfather, who was a bamboo wholesaler. A few years later, he brought some of his works to a contemporary art gallery, which offered him the opportunity to put on his first exhibition. He is a passionate fan of jazz, rock and classical music, and strives to emulate their rhythms and harmonies in bamboo.

Nagakura Ken’ichi learned bamboo-working techniques from his father, but is essentially self-taught, which is rare in the world of the bamboo arts. He produced his first local one-man exhibition at the age of thirty. His unorthodox approach to his art includes the use of roots, lacquer mixed with powdered polishing stones, and clay.

Bibliography
The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Bamboo Art, by Robert T. Coffland& Donald Doe, 2006
Bamboo Masterworks Japanese Baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection, written by Lloyd Cotsen for the exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum from November 3, 2001 through January 13, 2002
Modern Twist, written for an exhibition curated by Dr. Andreas Marks at the

BIO
NAKAKURA KEN’ICHI

1952 Born in Shizuoka City, Japan
1975 Studied under his Grandfather
1982 Solo exhibition, Gallery Takei, Numazu
1985 Solo exhibition, Shin-Gifu Department Store
1986 Solo exhibition, Gallery Takei, Numazu Solo exhibition, Shizuoka Gas Salon, Shizuoka
1988 Solo exhibition, Sapoa People, Tokyo Solo exhibition, MOA Gallery, Nagoya
1990 Solo exhibition, Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka Solo exhibition, Gallery Kouki, Paris, France
1991 Solo exhibition, La Richipel Surle, Bourgogne, France Solo exhibition, Gallery Kukan, Shizuoka Solo exhibition, Shoumeido Hall, Tokyo
1992 Solo exhibition, Gallery Space Ten, Tokyo Group exhibition, Gallery Yummy, Hamamatsu Group exhibition, Studio Com, Kyoto
1993 Solo exhibition, Shoumeido Hall, Gallery F Solo exhibition, Gifu Gallery, Space Ten, Tokyo Solo exhibition, Hokushin Gallery, Tokyo
1994 Solo exhibition, Studio Com, Kyoto Solo exhibition, Gallery Kukan, Shizuoka Solo exhibition, Matsuya Department Store, Tokyo
1995 Solo exhibition, Akasaka Yu Gallery, Tokyo Solo exhibitions, Fujii, Numazu and Shin-Gifu Department Stores
1996 Solo exhibitions, Isetan, Shizuoka and Kanazawa Dept. Stores Two person exhibition, Ishigami-no-Oka Open Air Museum, Iwate
1997 Solo exhibition, Gallery Kasumi Solo exhibition, Axis Sapoa People, Tokyo Exhibition, German Culture Center, Tokyo
1998 Solo exhibition, Kura Gallery, Gifu Solo exhibition, Axis Sapoa People, Tokyo Group Exhibition, Kodaira Shomei Hall, Tokyo SOFA Chicago
1999 Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2000 Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York
2001 Winner, Cotsen Bamboo Prize 2000 Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock Group Exhibition, Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago 2
2003 Three Views of Bamboo: Fujinuma, Nagakura, Shono; Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004 Group Exhibition, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia
2005 Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
2006 Power & Delicacy, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Iowa Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center Group Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Collaboration with Daniel Ost at Nocturne, Brussels, Belgium
2007 Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou & Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2008 New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, The Japan Society, New York
2009 Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe New Bamboo, Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, Hanford, California Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Form Follows Function or Does It?, University of Arkansas, Little Rock Listening to Bamboo, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
2010 Intertwined Bamboo and Stem, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York
2011 Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012 Nagakura Kenichi: Fluid Duality, Denver Botanic Gardens
2013 Birds in the Art of Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Solo Show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe Museum Collections: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, Hanford, California Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

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